Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has officially crossed the Russian border at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, a source familiar with the situation told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.
"Today Edward Snowden crossed the border of Russia and is now on the territory of our country," he said.
Earlier on Thursday the Federal Migration Service issued Snowden with a certificate, which allows him to leave the Sheremetyevo airport's transit zone, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax.
Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May 2013 and then released classified information regarding the U.S. special services' online surveillance activities. Following this, Snowden went to Moscow and has been in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23.
The United States revoked Snowden's passport and is seeking his extradition. Snowden has officially applied for temporary asylum in Russia.
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