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MOSCOW, August 1 (Itar-Tass) - The decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden was taken by a Moscow region department of the Russian Federal Migration Service, a spokesman for the service told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“A territorial department of the Moscow region’s directorate of the Federal Migration Service took the decision to grant Edward Snowden the temporary asylum status,” the spokesman said. “So, a document was issued to him to allow him stay in Russia in the status of a sojourning foreign citizen.”
“This is not a solitary instance,” the spokesman noted. ‘In 2013 alone, more that 1,000 people applied to the service’s territorial departments.”
The former CIA employee, Edward Snowden, has been staying at the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport since June 23, 2013.