Edward Snowden has received a three year Russian residency permit. The news was announced by Mr Snowden’s lawyer in Russia, Anatoly Kucherena, at a press conference in Moscow this morning.
Edward Snowden’s year of temporary asylum in Russia expired on 31 July and an application for a renewal was made last month. The new permit allows Mr Snowden to work or travel anywhere within the Russian Federation, and to travel abroad for periods of up to three months.
Courage, the organisation that runs Mr Snowden’s defence fund – and this website – has welcomed the news. Courage’s Acting Director Sarah Harrison, who facilitated Edward Snowden’s exit from Hong Kong and spent four months in Russia, including 40 days in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, securing his initial asylum said:
I’m relieved to hear that Edward Snowden will continue to be protected, keeping him safe from American prosecution. Courage congratulates the Russian people and the dedicated international team of lawyers, campaigners and supporters who have made this happen. Although the US government has lost this round, let us not forget the stakes – last year whistleblower Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in a US military prison and the Grand Jury against both WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden continues. By hosting Edward Snowden’s defence fund and keeping the public aware of his case, Courage has helped keep Edward Snowden safe for the past year, but his fund will need continued public support to ensure he stays protected for years to come.