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September 25, 2021

Fugitive Edward Snowden asks Russia for asylum

American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told CNN.
WikiLeaks, a group that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website, also posted on its official Twitter account Tuesday that Snowden applied for a “temporary protection visa” in the country. Snowden is charged with espionage in the United States and apparently has been holed up in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for about three weeks.
Kucherena, a lawyer with a Kremlin advisory body, told the state-run news agency RIA Novosti that Snowden wrote the request in his presence and then gave it to a Federal Migration Service representative.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has refused to hand over the fugitive to the US authorities, but also said that he could only stay in Russia if he stopped leaking secrets about US surveillance schemes.

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