Former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden has asked a Moscow region office of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said.
"A procedure stipulated by the Russian law exists… We have gone through the procedure of getting temporary asylum. It ends on July 31, 2014. So we have submitted documents for extending his stay in Russia," Kucherena told reporters on Wednesday.
The attorney has not specified with which status Snowden asks to stay in Russia. "I will not say for now with which status we would like to get this extension because the decision rests with the Federal Migration Service," Kucherena said having confirmed that the request was submitted to a Moscow region FMS office.
Meanwhile, the migration service declined to comment on the prospects of extending temporary asylum to Snowden in Russia.
"We do not comment on this," the FMS press office told Interfax.
It emerged in early June that Snowden was ready to move to Brazil if given an opportunity.
Snowden was issued a certificate on temporary asylum in Russia on July 31, 2013, which ends on July 31, 2014. According to the FMS website, temporary asylum is granted for one year and can be extended for 12 months annually.
In the U.S. Snowden is accused in absentia of stealing state property, unsanctioned access to defense information and intentional transfer of secret information to special services of other states. Snowden is facing up to ten years in prison for each accusation.
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