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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has decided to stay in Russia longer and is going to renew his one-year citizenship permit, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena announced.
According to Russia Beyond the Headlines, Snowden was granted a year-long asylum from Russia after having being charged by the U.S. government for leaking classified NSA documents.
Snowden has contacted the Russian Federal Migration Service in regards to extending his stay in Russia, which is set to expire on July 31. It is unknown at this time what status he will seek, as Kucherena says that it is in the hands of the FMS.
Snowden has remained out of sight in Russia. The last time he was seen was on a TV show three months ago, in which he spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin on surveillance. However, he did to an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams in May.
The U.S. demands that he return to and has revoked use of his passport, The Wall Street Journal noted.
Moscow and Washington have had shaky relations since Russia has come to Snowden’s aid. Secretary of State John Kerry has also criticized the actions of Snowden and stated that coming back to the U.S. would be the “patriotic” thing to do. However, if all goes as planned for him, Snowden won’t be coming back to the U.S. anytime soon.