Russia grants Snowden permanent residency Oct 23, 2020 0 141 12345 AFPMoscowFugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said on Thursday. Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who revealed in 2013 that the US government was spying on its citizens, has been living in exile in Russia since the revelations.The 37-year-old has said he would like to return to the United States. His lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told AFP on Thursday that his residency permit was extended and is now indefinite, a situation made possible by recent changes to Russia’s immigration law. Kucherena said the application was filed in April but the process was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Snowden is wanted in the United States on espionage charges after he leaked information showing that agents from the National Security Agency (NSA) were collecting telephone records of millions of US citizens. When asked whether Snowden planned to apply for Russian citizenship, Kucherena said: “He will make the decision himself.” Kucherena said it was “natural” that Snowden wanted to return to the United States but will only do so when the case against him is closed.Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Snowden but has not made further comment on the matter. A 2015 petition calling on then president Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower and privacy advocate was rejected by the White House. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Senate committee approves Trump court nominee as Democrats boycott Oct 23, 2020 0 405 Trump, Biden to face off in high-stakes final debate Oct 23, 2020 0 449 Polish court allows stricter abortion law, sparking outcry Oct 23, 2020 0 36 China threatens retaliation over US-Taiwan arms sale AFP Beijing China on Thursday threatened to make a “legitimate and necessary” retaliation over the US sale of $1 billion worth of missiles to Taiwan as Beijing becomes increasingly strident over its claims to the .. France extends Covid curfew to cover 46 mn people AFP Paris France on Thursday extended the anti-Covid curfew in place in nine cities to large parts of the country, taking to 46 million the number of people forced to stay indoors at night. Paris and eight other French ..