An official close to the Federal Migration Service (FMS, for its English acronym) has said that Russia will probably extend the temporary asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, according to statements released this Friday.
“I see no problem in extending the temporary asylum. Circumstances have not changed. As before, Snowden’s life is in danger so the FMS has reasons to extend his status,” said Vladimir Volokh, head of an advisory body of migration authorities, to the Interfax news agency.
Snowden fled to Russia after leaking details of secret surveillance programs in the U.S. and Moscow granted him one year of asylum on August 1, 2013.
The FMS refused commenting on the matter and Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, was not available to make statements, said his assistants.