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9/26, 6:20 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Putin grants Russian citizenship to Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted former employee of the United States Central Intelligence Agency Edward Snowden (pictured) Russian citizenship on Monday, according to the document released on the official internet portal of legal information.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov explained that Russian citizenship was granted to Edward Snowden "upon his request."

In 2013, Snowden published classified information about the surveillance programs of the US and UK intelligence agencies on the Internet. Following the event, he sought asylum in Russia, where he resided at the Sheremetyevo Airport transit zone.

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