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MOSCOW, July 12 (Itar-Tass) - Former CIA technical analyst Edward Snowden, who is currently taking shelter in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, has impressive chances for getting a political asylum in Russia since there are no grounds to think that his actions might have been motivated by greed, the President of the Moscow Chamber of Lawyers, Genri Reznik said Friday night after rights activists’ meeting with the fugitive American.
Snowden met with a group of experts on civil rights and lawyers at Sheremetyevo earlier in the day.
“I think his chances are really big,” Reznik said. “We don’t have any grounds for refuting his statement on his motivations.”
“For instance, there are no reasons to claim he was bought up by anyone or acted in the interests of one or another country while he is subjected to persecution for the defense of human rights,” he said.
“He has political differences with the U.S. government,” Reznik went on. “From the legal angle of view he violated the American laws but still there are the norms of international law that stand above the national ones.”
“Snowden revealed encroachments on the U.S. Constitution committed by the government and secret services,” he said.
Reznik indicated that the human rights activists and legal experts who took part in the Friday meeting will not issue any formal statements and yet they believe it was only too logical that Snowden invited members of rights groups and lawyers.
“Proceeding from his standpoint, it was only too logical to appeal to the representatives of human rights associations and members of civic society,” Reznik said. “Quite naturally, there are some interests safeguarded by the government but simultaneously there exist the rights and interests of rank-and-file people, that is, the things of a higher order that stand above the state interests.”
“And who should Snowden have turned to - the prosecutors or intelligence service agents?” he asked with a definite rhetoric note.