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Kremlin Not Following Snowden's Life in Russia

© AFP 2021 / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDUS National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden
US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden - Sputnik International
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the Russian authorities do not follow the life of US whistleblower Edward Snowden currently residing in Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Snowden's asylum in Russia was extended for "a couple of years."

"The [Snowden] issue is not the one of the Kremlin, we do not know what Mr Snowden does. He is presently here on a temporary permit, which has been extended, we do not have any additional information. All of his contacts with the outside world are taking place through his lawyers, including his lawyer in the United States," Peskov told reporters when asked whether the charges against Snowden could be alleviated.

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
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