Report: Russia 'plans to extend' Snowden asylum

Russia plans to extend its offer of asylum to Edward Snowden beyond August, a Russian lawmaker said Friday at the World Economic Forum.

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According to the New York Times, Aleksei K. Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s lower house of Parliament, hinted during a panel discussion that the extension of temporary refugee status for Mr Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, might be indefinite.

“He will not be sent out of Russia,” Mr. Pushkov said. “It will be up to Snowden.”

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