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    Minutes after Russia’s migration authorities dismissed as “untrue” media reports about a request for asylum filed by fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, a diplomat confirmed that a Russian consulate had received it.

    MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti) – Minutes after Russia’s migration authorities dismissed as “untrue” media reports about a request for asylum filed by fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, a diplomat confirmed that a Russian consulate had received it.

    "At 22:30 Moscow time [18:30 GMT] yesterday [on Sunday], UK citizen Sarah Harrison addressed the consulate in the Sheremetyevo Airport with a request on behalf of Edward Snowden to grant him political asylum,” said Kim Shevchenko, the consulate’s diplomat on duty.

    He added that he had informed his bosses about the request and sent it with a courier.

    Half an hour later, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had not been informed about the request.

     

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