Senator to help organize fundraiser for Snowden

Senator Ruslan Gattarov, who leads the Federation Council working group in charge of supervising the observance of the constitutional rights of Russian citizens to inviolability of private life in the processing of personal data, will help raise funds for Edward Snowden.

Senator Ruslan Gattarov, who leads the Federation Council working group in charge of supervising the observance of the constitutional rights of Russian citizens to inviolability of private life in the processing of personal data, will help raise funds for Edward Snowden.

Gattarov said an appropriate proposal was made to him by several people, including bloggers and representatives of the Internet community, Gattarov told Interfax.

"They said Snowden may need money and they are ready to help him. I contacted his [Snowden's] representatives and they approved of this idea, saying that Snowden is running out of money and a fundraiser would be a good idea," Gattarov said.

Gattarov also said he has been contacted by some IT specialists who are ready to donate their services make a special website for this fundraiser.

"My role in this is only to connect bloggers and IT specialists and launch the process. I have no intention of registering any accounts to myself because I am a member of the Federation Council. In this situation, I am just a citizen, a person who sympathizes with Snowden to some extent, no more than that. That is, I provide assistance," Gattarov said.

Gattarov said he believes his mission is to ensure that the funds reach Snowden and prevent any fraud.

Many people, both in Russia and outside it, want to provide financial assistance to Snowden, Gattarov said.

"I have no doubt that representatives of the international community will speak in Snowden's support. Snowden has become a global figure and many people sincerely sympathize with him and are sure to want to help him," he said.

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