Snowden collects documents to extend stay in Russia - Kucherena

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden will file documents with the Russian Federal Migration Service to extend his stay in Russia in the nearest future, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax on Monday.

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden will file documents with the Russian Federal Migration Service to extend his stay in Russia in the nearest future, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax on Monday.

Kucherena could not say whether Snowden will apply for asylum or a residence permit. "The final decision will be made by Edward," the lawyer said.

The temporary asylum granted to Snowden expires on August 1.

Commenting on the outcome of Snowden's stay in Russia, Kucherena said: "He has proven to be a unique specialist and a capable person. In any case, he is working hard to study Russian and he has made a lot of progress on that."

Read more: Snowden may apply for extending asylum in Russia now - head of Russian Federal Migration Service's Public Council

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