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Edward Snowden gets asylum and leaves Sheremetyevo transit zone

August 01, 2013, 16:00 UTC+3

The former CIA employee has received temporary asylum in Russia for 1 year

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MOSCOW, August 1 (Itar-Tass) - Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, human rights advocate Anatoly Kucherena confirmed to Itar-Tass.

Thus, currently Snowden is formally in Russia's territory.

Earlier, a source close to the matter reported this information explaining that the customs officers received the required papers from Federal Migration Service giving Snowden the right to stay in Russia. He added that the former CIA employee currently has all the necessary documents to legally stay in Russia.

Later Kucherena told Itar-Tass that Snowden received a certificate granting temporary asylum to him in Russia for one year. The lawyer confirmed that Snowden left the transit zone at the Sheremetyevo airport. However, he did not say where the former CIA employee is staying. “I cannot say where Snowden is staying now,” he added.

Yesterday it was reported that paperwork necessary for the arrival of Edward Snowden’s father in Russia would start soon.

What temporary asylum gives to Snowden?

Edward Snowden cannot be deported to the United States, even if the country makes an official request, a source in the Russian law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“The granting of temporary asylum protects Snowden from deportation, because under the law a person, who was granted temporary asylum, cannot be returned against his will to the country, a citizen of which he is, or to the place of his permanent residence,” the sources explained.

How Snowden Case impacts relations between Russia and U.S.

Russia did not get any signals from the U.S. on a possible cancelation of Barack Obama's visit to Moscow, President Putin's aide Yuri Ushakov said Thursday.

"We are aware of the kind of climate that is forming around this /the situation with the former CIA technology analyst Edward Swoden/ that is forming in the U.S. but we haven't received any signals from the U.S. Administration," he said.

July 27, Russian President’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would not extradite Snowden to USA.

Earlier, Russian and U.S. experts noted that the situation with Snowden should be solved as soon as possible. Otherwise Russian-American relations may be seriously affected and several meetings due to take place soon may be cancelled.

Snowden gets job offer

Founder of /Vkontakte/ social network Pavel Durov has already offered the ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden a job, writing it in his status update.

“I guess it would be interesting for Edward Snowden to be engaged in personal data protection of millions of our users,” the social network founder wrote. Durov added that he feels proud for Russia as it is this country that granted asylum to the man that “revealed the crimes of American intelligence towards people from all over the world.”

How ex-CIA employee got to Russia

Since June 23, the former CIA employee, Edward Snowden, has been staying in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, where he came from Hong Kong as a transit passenger. In the middle of July he requested for a temporary political asylum in Russia.

Snowden is accused of revealing details about the U.S. surveillance services. He was charged with unauthorized communication of national defense information and providing U.S. classified intelligence to an unauthorized person under the 1917 Espionage Act. Moreover, he is accused of government property theft. Snowden will face up to 10 years in prison under every article.

U.S. promises not to execute Snowden

The U.S. Department of Justice has stated its willingness to guarantee that fugitive Edward Snowden will not face capital punishment if he returns to the United States, sources from the Russian Justice Ministry confirmed to Itar-Tass July 30.

Press service of the Justice Ministry said Tuesday that “a letter of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder received by the Russian Justice Ministry mentions, apart from other things, the willingness of the American side to give the Russian government a promise that it will not seek capital punishment for Edward Snowden if he returns to the United States”.

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