NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, a status one step closer to citizenship, his lawyer told state media on Thursday.
Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client is not considering applying for Russian citizenship at this time.
Snowden’s residence permit expired on April 30 but was automatically extended until June 15 amid the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic, TASS reported. When the country’s lockdown was lifted, Snowden applied for another extension, according to the outlet.
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