Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden obtains open-ended Russian residence permit

Snowden was granted an open-ended residence permit earlier today.

The former United States National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden who leaked classified documents on American surveillance programmes, has got Russia’s open-ended residence permit, his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena informed the media.

"Snowden was granted an open-ended residence permit earlier today," his lawyer told TASS News Agency on Thursday.


Earlier, Kucherena said that Edward Snowden's residence permit automatically extended till June 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic that was to expire on April 30, 2020.

Edward Snowden obtains open-ended Russian residence permit: Key points

  • Snowden leaked information on US intelligence's methods of electronic surveillance, including illegally eavesdropping on foreign leaders in 2013.
  • Fleeing punitive consequences from United States federal authorities, Snowden sent requests for asylum to some countries, including Russia.
  • Snowden received a Russian residence permit valid for three years, which was later extended for another three years, On August 1, 2014.
  • The United States authorities have repeatedly stated that they consider Snowden to have caused grave damage to national security.
  • For the time being Snowden does not think about the possibility of applying for Russian citizenship.
  • As soon as the lockdown ended, Snowden applied for its prolongation.
  • In the United States, Snowden is facing two counts of violating the Espionage Act.
  • Snowden may end up being in prison for 10 years on each of the counts.