The Russian government has granted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a residence permit for three more years, Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Thursday. “He has got a three-year residence permit starting from August 1,” Kucherena told a news conference.
Snowden is allowed to apply for Russian citizenship in the future. “He is also free to move across the country and travel abroad, but for a term not exceeding three months, since, according to the legislation, the residence permit may be cancelled,” Kucherena said.
Here's an interesting, skeptical analysis of what may be going on behind the scenes. [lawfareblog.com]