Snowden Free to Travel and Work All Over Russia
- The Moscow Times
- Aug. 12 2013 00:00
- Last edited 16:45
U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden can move freely throughout Russia and work for anyone except the government, a high-ranking migration service official said Friday.
Snowden's precise location is unknown, and Moscow's migration authorities said he had not registered with them, suggesting that he is elsewhere in Russia, RIA Novosti reported.
The former NSA contractor was granted temporary asylum in Russia on Aug. 1, two weeks after submitting his application to the government.
Snowden can stay in the country until July 31, 2014, at which point he can either apply for a one-year extension or five-year "permanent" asylum.
Immediately after receiving his documents, Snowden left the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport, where he had been stuck ever since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23.
Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who has been advising Snowden, told journalists on Tuesday that Snowden had officially registered at his new residence but declined to reveal its location.
Kucherena also announced that he had sent Snowden's father, friends and relatives invitations to Russia, a prerequisite for receiving a tourist visa, Itar-Tass reported.
On Thursday, Snowden's American lawyer, Bruce Fein, confirmed that Snowden's father had submitted a visa application but said he did not know how long it would take for him to receive a response.
Snowden is likely to hold a long-awaited press conference after the date of his family's arrival has been determined, a source told RIA Novosti.