MOSCOW, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Fugitive U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden cannot expect to obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) said Tuesday.
"I don't see any legal norms which would give him such a possibility," deputy head of the FMS Vladimir Burov told reporters.
Last week, FMS warned that the U.S. asylum seeker, who has been in a Moscow Sheremetyevo airport's transit zone for more than a month, could be stranded there for half a year.
Snowden faces espionage charges in the United States after disclosing its classified intelligence surveillance project code-named PRISM. He filed papers seeking a temporary asylum in Russia earlier this month.
A Moscow regional body of the FMS will decide whether to grant him the temporary asylum within three months.
If granted asylum and passing a mandatory health check, Snowden is entitled to receive a standard certificate from that FMS territorial division.
According to the Russian Justice Ministry, Russian laws do not stipulate the duration of time for which an undocumented foreigner may stay in an airport's transit zone, or liability for staying in the airport's transit zone.
MOSCOW, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden could be placed in a temporary refugee shelter outside Moscow if his asylum request was approved, the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said Monday.
"The thing is that there are no centers accommodating refugees in Moscow," FMS Moscow department chief Olga Kirillova told a press conference. Full story
MOSCOW, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Russian laws do not limit the time for U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden's stay at the transit zone of a Moscow airport, the Justice Ministry said Saturday.
"Russian law does not stipulate the duration of time for which a foreign citizen may stay in the airport's transit zone or liability for staying for a long time in an airport's transit zone without documents," the ministry said in a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency.Full story
WASHINGTON, July 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has sent a letter to Russian authorities, saying the United States won't seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who leaked the massive surveillance program of the agency, U.S. media reported on Friday.Full Story
WASHINGTON, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday approved an amendment to State Department funding bill aimed at pressuring Russia and other countries against giving asylum to Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program leaker.Full Story