Whistleblower Edward Snowden obtains Russian citizenship

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The whistleblower Edward Snowden obtains Russian citizenship

The Old Analyst of the American National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden found refuge in Moscow in 2013. He is accused by Washington of having transmitted to the press tens of thousands of confidential documents which prove the extent of the electronic surveillance carried out by the United States (Archives).

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to whistleblower and former US NSA employee Edward Snowden, who has been a refugee in Russia since 2013 after leaving the United States, according to an executive order issued on Monday.

Mr. Snowden's name appears alongside dozens of others in this executive order posted on the Russian government website.

Edward Snowden, 39, is wanted by the United States for leaking to the press tens of thousands of documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) proving the extent of electronic surveillance carried out by Washington.

These revelations had then caused very strong tensions between the United States and their allies, and the decision of the Russian authorities to grant him a residence permit had provoked the anger of Washington.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Ria Novosti that Russian citizenship was granted to Edward Snowden at his own request.< /p>

The Russian lawyer for the whistleblower, Anatoli Koutcherena, for his part specified that Mr. Snowden would not be affected by the mobilization order for the offensive in Ukraine, decreed by Vladimir Putin last week for certain categories of Russians.

He did not serve in the Russian army and, therefore, according to our current legislation, he is not x27;does not fall into this category of citizens who are now called, he told the Ria Novosti agency.

According to him, Mr. Snowden's companion , Lindsay Mills, has also applied to receive Russian citizenship and their daughter already has it, having been born in Russia.

Edward Snowden, deprived of his American passport at the request of Washington, s& #x27;was found in Moscow in May 2013 after arriving there from Hong Kong and intending to find refuge in Latin America. He eventually found himself stranded in Russia, where he was granted asylum.

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