Edward Snowden granted permanent residency in Russia

Former national security contractor fled US in 2013 after leaking documents on American government surveillance operations

The former US security contractor Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the US after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs.

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