Russia should give political asylum to Snowden - opposition activist Limonov

Opposition activist Eduard Limonov believes Russia should provide political asylum to former CIA agent Edward Snowden in retaliation to the conviction of Russian citizen Viktor Bout in the United States.

Opposition activist Eduard Limonov believes Russia should provide political asylum to former CIA agent Edward Snowden in retaliation to the conviction of Russian citizen Viktor Bout in the United States.

"Russia has a moral right to provide political asylum to Snowden, at least because the U.S. kidnapped Russian citizen Viktor Bout and convicted him and he is now in U.S. prison," despite the fact that Bout had not committed any crimes on the territory of the U.S., Limonov said in his blog on Wednesday.

Limonov believes Russia will restore justice by providing political asylum to Snowden.

"Pilot Yaroshenko, a Russian citizen, was also captured by U.S. officials. These people should not be forgotten. It's our chance to get justice!" he said.

Snowden, who provided information on secret surveillance programs of the U.S. special services to the press had earlier asked for political asylum in Ecuador.

Snowden left the U.S. for Hong Kong in May and arrived in Moscow last Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Snowden remains in the transit zone of the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

The U.S. demands that Russia extradite Snowden. The Russian authorities allege that he has not crossed the Russian border and therefore is not on the territory of Russia.

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