Human rights ombudsman passes proposals on Snowden to relevant agencies

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin has said he passed his proposals regarding former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who is reportedly stuck in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, to relevant agencies.

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin has said he passed his proposals regarding former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who is reportedly stuck in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, to relevant agencies.

"Snowden's fate should be addressed by other organizations, and I believe they are dealing with the matter. I had some ideas regarding Snowden, and I shared them with competent agencies," Lukin told Interfax on Tuesday.

He refrained from disclosing details, saying that "the matter is not over yet."

Speaking to Interfax on June 28, Lukin suggested that it was unreasonable for Russia to grant Snowden asylum.

Lukin also told Interfax on July 2 that Snowden's future should be addressed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists earlier that Snowden dropped the idea of seeking asylum in Russia.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May 2013 and released information on secret operations of U.S. special services on the surveillance in the Internet.

Snowden asked a number of countries for asylum. The U.S. is pursuing extradition of Snowden to charge him with releasing secret information.

The former CIA employee is currently in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and cannot fly anywhere as long as the U.S. has revoked his passport.

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