Edward Snowden given Russian residency permit

Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden's new refugee documents granted by Russia Credit: Reuters

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has received a three-year residence permit from Russia, his Russian lawyer has said.

"The decision on the application has been taken and therefore starting Aug. 1 2014 Edward Snowden has received a three-year residential permit," Anatoly Kucherena said.