Edward Snowden slowly adjusting to Russian life

According to his lawyer, Snowden realizes that he is still in danger and has to take certain precautions. Source: Reuters

According to his lawyer, Snowden realizes that he is still in danger and has to take certain precautions. Source: Reuters

The former CIA contractor is living a modest life and is waiting for the public excitement surrounding his asylum in the country to die out.

Former CIA contractor Edward Snowden is gradually recovering after three weeks living at the airport, adjusting to Russian realities, and has already learned several Russian words, according to his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.

“Now everything is going great. He is slowly recovering. There is no psychologist attending him. It’s enough for him just being in normal conditions,” said Kucherena in an interview with Moskovskiy Komsomolets.

Snowden keeps in touch with his relatives, travels and is getting to know Russia, and is interested in many things, including world news. According to Kucherena, Snowden realizes that he is still in danger and has to take certain precautions. “The conditions he is living in now are acceptable, in terms of everyday needs, and acceptable in terms of his safety,” explained the lawyer.

The whistle-blower does not have any specific plans for the future yet. He is receiving many job offers, but has not made up his mind yet. “While he is considering these offers, we will arrange for a meeting with his father, and things should become more concrete after this meeting,” promised Kucherena.

The lawyer said that Snowden has “very little money”. That is why he is now trying to arrange money to be transferred to Snowden from the funds that collected donations for the whistle-blower.

Snowden continues to study Russian culture. He is reading books his lawyer brought him to the airport, first of all, “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. “I am going to bring him a number of other books, a selection of Russian classic literature in the English language. I want to bring him some books by Tolstoy (at least, he asked for these) and a number of other books related to our customs and traditions – he is very interested in this area,” the lawyer commented.

The former CIA contract employee is also working his way through the Russian language. He is studying the ABC-book and already can say some words, e.g., “tyazhko, tyazhko” (it’s hard) or “stakan” (glass). Of course, if he stays in Russia for long, he will have to study the language for real.

It appears from Kucherena’s story that Snowden is tired of disclosures and the publicity, and is keeping a low profile now. He is living a modest life, waiting for the public excitement to die out, so that he can live a quiet life in Russia or elsewhere afterwards. 

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