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Snowden awaits extended asylum permission in Russia: lawyer

English.news.cn   2014-07-31 18:59:13

MOSCOW, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has formally requested to extend his asylum status in Russia for another year, but the country's official decision is as yet unknown, a lawyer for Snowden said Thursday.

"Edward still remains in Russia, and we have prepared and submitted a package of documents for the permission of the temporary political asylum for him," Anatoly Kucherena told a local TV channel.

The Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) must abide by "particular procedures," Itar-Tass news agency quoted the lawyer as saying, who added, "We hope that the issue will be resolved today or tomorrow."

The FMS granted Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency employee wanted by Washington for intelligence leaks, permission for one-year asylum in Russia on Aug. 1, 2013.

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