“It’s for him to decide.” Lawyer explains Snowden's words about his desire to leave Russia
Edward Snowden wants to move to France.
Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who represents former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, has commented on his client’s desire to move to France.
“It is his right to decide whether he wants to stay in Russia, return to America, or move to some European country. We live in a state of law, so there can be no obstacles to this. I don’t see anything wrong with the fact that he wants to obtain a residence permit or citizenship in some other country. It doesn’t mean he does not love our country,” Kucherena said.
“In our country, he’s quite happy; he never expressed dissatisfaction with anything. On the contrary, he is grateful to our country for accepting him. Despite the fact that many countries refused to grant him asylum, Russia made advances and did everything not only in the framework of humanitarian considerations, but also in the framework of the law,” the lawyer added.
According to him, Snowden is safer in Russia than in any other country.
“He is safe here; but Edward is a brave, decisive person, therefore, if he raises the question of the possibility of obtaining a residence permit in some other country, then why not? On the other hand, no other state will deal with his security issues,” Kucherena noted.
According to him, Snowden is a citizen of the world, which is why "he wants to travel and feels the need to have diversity in his life.”
When asked if Snowden was going to obtain Russian citizenship, Kucherena said: “It’s for him to decide. As soon as he does, he will make an announcement. Nothing has changed for now; he has a residence permit.”
Previously, Snowden admitted that he had applied for asylum in France. “Of course, I would really like Emmanuel Macron to grant me asylum,” he said.
Snowden got married two years ago. His girlfriend Lindsay Mills, whom he had been dating for a long time, became his wife.
He told The Guardian about his life in Moscow. According to him, he leads an ordinary everyday life without hiding his face on the streets.