Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Snowden officially applies for temporary asylum in Russia – human rights lawyer

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a human rights lawyer revealed. As his application for asylum is considered, Snowden may be given special permission to enter the country and move around freely, the source said.
"Snowden has handed over his application to Sheremetyevo’s Federal Migration Service staff”, Russian human rights lawyer Anatoly Kucherena revealed. 
I told him about all the intricacies of the procedure. It was decided that a staff member from the FMS office will come to the airport to accept Snowden’s temporary asylum request, as he is not allowed to leave Sheremetyevo’s transit zone, the lawyer said. 
Kucherena earlier said that Snowden called him up for legal advice regarding his asylum application. 
Snowden asked me questions about the current Russian legislation. I explained everything to him. I think he will make a decision just today or tomorrow,” he added. “I told him about Russian refugee law, the presidential decree on granting political asylum, and the government decree on temporary asylum.”
A source from Russian law enforcement told RIA Novosti that Snowden may be given special permission to enter Moscow and move freely around the country while his application for political asylum is considered.