MOSCOW, August 7 (Itar-Tass) - A member of Russia’s upper parliament house has pledged to help open a bank account to raise financial aid for former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, the Izvestia newspaper writes on Wednesday.
“I have been receiving questions from many our citizens and blogger about how and where they could transfer money to help him have something to live on, to rent an apartment, and to buy cloths, after all,” the newspaper cites Ruslan Gattarov of United Russia, who heads the Federation Council’s working group on the protection of personal information. “I am ready to help open an account and announce a fund raising campaign. Now, we are deciding who will be entrusted to control these finances. I am sure it will be a person of immaculate reputation, a representative of civil society.”
Gattarov noted that at a meeting with Snowden’s representatives he had found out that the man really needed money.
The Russian lawmaker also said that a website was being created to tell people how they could help Snowden. “The domain name - helpsnowden.ru - has already been registered and specialists from several IT companies, who offered their service for free, are already developing this site,” Gattarov noted.
The newspaper also cites Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, who is a member of the Russian Public Chamber, as saying that Snowden “would gratefully accept help from the Russians and citizens of other countries.” “Edward is not a rich man and his own money will not last long,” Kucherena told the newspaper. “I would like to say thanks to the bloggers who is not indifferent to his fate. Of course, I am also helping him as much as I can.”
Edward Snowden who had leaked information on the U.S. global surveillance programs in the media received temporary asylum in Russia last Thursday. Prior to that, he had spent more than a month at Sheremetyevo airport’s transit zone.