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MOSCOW, August 1 (Itar-Tass) - Fugitive Edward Snowden has many American friends in Russia who are ready to ensure his secure living in Russia, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena who consults Snowden told Rossiya 24 television on Thursday.
“I cannot say where Snowden is at the moment and where he plans to live in the future. I can only say that he has a lot of American friends here who are ready to ensure his secure living here,” the lawyer said.
“Possibly this is the option he will choose. In any case, I hope everything will be okay with him,” the lawyer noted.
Kucherena also stressed that he would contact Snowden’s father later on Thursday and would discuss with him where it would be safer for Snowden to live at the moment.
“We will also discuss with Snowden’s father his upcoming visit to Russia. Today or tomorrow I will finish paperwork for his invitation, and then there will be a visa issuing procedure,” Kucherena added. “As soon as the visa is ready, I am ready to meet Edwards’ father and his American lawyer,” he said.
Since June 23, Snowden was in the transit zone of Shermetyevo Airport in Moscow, where he had arrived from Hong Kong. He asked for temporary asylum in Russia fearing punishment in the United States. He agreed to comply with the demand of the Russian president - stop the activity harming the US. Earlier on Thursday, Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for the period of up to one year.