Kuznetsov Granted Asylum in U.S.

The United States has granted political asylum to lawyer Boris Kuznetsov, who has represented prominent clients against government charges and who said he was being harassed by the Federal Security Service.

U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services granted asylum to Kuznetsov on Wednesday, and he received confirmation by mail Friday, his lawyer Robert Zinovyev said Sunday.

Kuznetsov, 64, left the country in July, shortly before a Moscow court ruled that he had disclosed state secrets by filing a complaint to the Constitutional Court that the FSB had illegally wiretapped the telephone of a client, former Senator Levon Chakhmakhchyan.

Investigators have said the case is not political and Kuznetsov's fears of arrest were unfounded.

Kuznetsov is writing a book about his experiences with the FSB, Zinovyev said.