UN Refugee Agency should handle Snowden case - Federal Migration Service head

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should tackle the case of former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who is stranded in the Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport's transit zone, Russian Federal Migration Service head Konstantin Romodanovsky told Interfax on Wednesday.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should tackle the case of former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who is stranded in the Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport's transit zone, Russian Federal Migration Service head Konstantin Romodanovsky told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Judging by my experience, the involvement of such an esteemed organization as the UNHCR in the Snowden case is both necessary and possible," Romodanovsky said.

Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin also told Interfax that the UNHCR should take up the Snowden case.

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday that Snowden had decided not to seek asylum in Russia.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May, after which he gave a number of interviews revealing details of top-secret Internet surveillance programs run by U.S. special services.

At present, Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and cannot fly anywhere, given that the United States has revoked his passport. Snowden has appealed to a number of countries for asylum, while the United States continues to seek his extradition.

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