International Law

Snowden gets 3-year residency permit, is on track for Russian citizenship

A U.S. intelligence contractor who became a household name after revealing classified information to journalists has renewed his Russian residency permit, which is now good for three more years, and is on track to become a Russian citizen.

Edward Snowden, 31, who formerly worked for the National Security Agency, still faces prosecution in the U.S. if he returns here and has been hesitant to leave Russia for fear of being arrested. He would have to stay in Russia until 2018 to qualify for citizenship there, according to his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, the New York Times (reg. req.) and the Washington Post (reg. req.) report.

Related coverage: “NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times in one-year period, Snowden leak reveals” “Reuters: Snowden accessed some classified US info by persuading NSA coworkers to provide passwords” “Meet the lawyer working on a plea deal for NSA leaker Edward Snowden”

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