Snowden’s name was included in a presidential decree signed by Vladimir Putin and published on Monday. More than 70 other foreigners were also granted citizenship.
“In accordance with Article 89 (a) of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, I hereby decree: The following persons shall be granted the citizenship of the Russian Federation: Edward Joseph Snowden, born on June 21, 1983 in the United States of America,” reads the decree.
According to the presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, a former CIA employee was granted Russian citizenship at his request. As Anatoly Kuczerena – Snowden’s lawyer, announced – the man’s wife will also apply for Russian citizenship.
Kuczerena also added that Snowden will not be called up as part of the partial mobilization because he did not serve in the Russian army.
– Edward has not served in the Russian army, has no military experience and experience and is not subject to summons to the army – assessed the lawyer.
Among the ongoing mobilization in Russia, the issue of service in the army of immigrants who obtained Russian citizenship is discussed. In recent days, the head of the Human Rights Council, a consultative body to the Russian president, Valery Fadeyev proposed that the age for summoning naturalized Russians should be raised from the current 27 to 45-50 years.
Moreover, Russian government portals have explained in recent days that having citizenship other than Russian is not an obstacle to mobilization. Russians who also have passports from other countries are treated in this case as citizens of Russia.
Edward Snowden shocked the world. In 2013, it revealed that the US government is secretly working on methods to record all phone calls, text messages, and e-mails.
In 2013, Edward Snowden was 29 years old. He worked as an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a contract employee of the National Security Agency (NSA). When he left U.S. intelligence, he revealed that the U.S. government was working on methods to intercept and record all phone calls, text messages, and e-mails.
Source: TASS; RIA Novosti; Onet
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