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Head of the working group for personal data protection in the Federation Council upper house of parliament, Ruslan Gattarov (United Russia), has volunteered to help former CIA employee Edward Snowden who was recently granted temporary asylum in Russia. He said a bank account would be opened in the next few days to raise money for the fugitive American national, where any person could transfer money to.
“Many of our citizens, bloggers, are asking me the question where and how money for Snowden could be transferred so that he could have money to live on, to rent an apartment and buy clothing. I am ready to help open an account and announce the money raising campaign,” Gattarov told the Izvestia daily. “Now we are deciding who will assume the mission of control over finance. I am sure this will be a person with untarnished reputation - a representative of the civil society,” the senator added.
Besides, a website in support of Snowden is being designed - helpsnowden.ru. Anyone who is interested may learn there all about assistance to the former CIA employee. The designers of the website expect that not only Russian nationals will be helping Snowden, but also nationals of other countries. That is why the site will be opened in two domain extensions - .ru and .net.
Member of the Public Chamber, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena who has granted legal aid to Snowden, told the Izvestia that “Edward will accept help from Russians and residents of other countries with gratitude.”
The account holders can indeed raise substantial amounts of money for Snowden, the head of the charity project Nuzhna Pomoshch (Help Needed), Mitya Aleshkovsky, believes.
“Russians see the situation with Snowden as the manifestation of our country’s strength, like we have got the better of Americans,” he said. “And proceeding from the feeling of contradiction and an attempt to prove to ourselves that this confirms we are a great power, this may become popular. Although this issue has nothing to do with the reality, such a site must not be established,” Aleshkovsky believes.