The documents of the former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden, necessary for obtaining Russian citizenship, are ready, they will be submitted for consideration in the near future, Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer representing Snowden’s interests in the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti.
“The documents have been prepared,” Kucherena said, answering the question whether Snowden’s documents are ready to apply for Russian citizenship.
Snowden sparked a major international scandal in June 2013 by handing over a number of classified materials to the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers about the surveillance programs of the US and UK intelligence services on the Internet.
After that, he flew to Hong Kong, and from there to Moscow, where for some time he was in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport. After refusals from a number of other countries, Russia granted Snowden a temporary asylum for a period of a year on the condition that he cease his activities against the United States.
In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit, which allows him to travel not only in Russia, but also abroad. Subsequently, Snowden was issued an indefinite residence permit in Russia.
In November 2020, Kucherena announced Snowden’s intention to obtain Russian citizenship.