Snowden will be able to apply for the Russian citizenship after a few years - experts

U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden may apply for Russian citizenship in a few years, head of the Russian Federal Migration Service's Public Council Vladimir Volokh told Interfax.

U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden may apply for Russian citizenship in a few years, head of the Russian Federal Migration Service's Public Council Vladimir Volokh told Interfax.

"The refugee status and the temporary asylum provides for getting Russian citizenship in a simplified order," Volokh said.

In order to get the citizenship, Snowden will have to live several years in Russia, he added.

Having got temporary asylum Snowden is able to work in Russia but not with state agencies, he said.

"If Snowden gets the Russian citizenship, these restrictions will be lifted," Volokh said.

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 arrived in Moscow on June 23.

The United States revoked his passport and he was to stay in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Russia gave one-year asylum to Snowden on August 1 and he was able to leave the airport the same day.

The U.S. is currently seeking his extradition.

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