Snowden with Russian citizenship. Putin’s signature was decisive

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship to former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden on Monday. The man has been wanted by the US authorities for years for revealing state secrets and espionage.

Edward Snowden, 39, fled the United States in 2013 after disclosing several hundred thousand confidential, secret, and top secret documents to the press about surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden has been wanted by US authorities for years on suspicion of revealing state secrets and espionage.

In early August 2013, Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia, and in October 2020 he was granted permanent residence.

On Monday, his name was included in the list of 72 foreign-born people to whom Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship.

The information sparked a discussion among Internet users about the possible drafting of Snowden into the army. Five days ago, Vladimir Putin ordered the first mobilization since World War II to support Russian forces invading Ukraine.

Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kuczerena told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that his client is not subject to mobilization because he has not served in the Russian army before.

Kuczerena added that Snowden’s wife Lindsay Mills was also applying for Russian citizenship.

Putin, who is the former head of Russia’s intelligence services, said in 2017 that Snowden was wrong in revealing state secrets, but he was not a traitor.

I am not aware of any changes to his status as a US citizen US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Price announced that the US position remained unchanged. In his opinion, Snowden should return to his country and “face justice.”

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