Federal Migration Service not commenting regarding Snowden's request to extend is temporary asylum in Russia

The Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said it did not comment on information that former CIA employee Edward Snowden applied for extending his temporary asylum in Russia.

The Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said it did not comment on information that former CIA employee Edward Snowden applied for extending his temporary asylum in Russia.

"No comment," a FMS press office employee told Interfax on Tuesday.

Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday that Snowden had applied to the FMS with the request to extend temporary asylum.

The FMS said on June 24 it would not comment on prospects of extending the temporary refuge to Snowden.

"This is confidential information and it can not be provided to mass media," FMS citizenship department head Valentina Kazakova told Interfax.

Snowden will soon submit documents to the FMS to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax on June 23.

"In accordance with the Russian legislation, necessary documents, which will be submitted to the Russian FMS to extend the stay in Russia, are currently being collected," the attorney said.

At the same time, Kucherena failed to specify whether Snowden would seek asylum or residence permit. "Edward will make the final decision," the lawyer said.

Read more: Snowden collects documents to extend stay in Russia - Kucherena

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