The Kremlin is keeping
Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. prosecutors after he leaked details about
Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer representing Snowden, said this week that his client had asked federal migration authorities several weeks ago to extend his asylum, but had not yet received a reply.
"Edward is still on Russian territory and we have prepared and submitted a package of documents applying for temporary political asylum," Kucherena told Russian television Thursday. An official decision was expected in the coming days, he added.
"Edward Snowden is cornered in a legal limbo, without a passport or asylum protection from any government," Sherif Elsayed-Ali, the deputy director of global thematic issues at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
"We call on all governments not to block him from traveling in order to seek protection. By interfering in his ability to do so, they are effectively complicit with the U.S.A. in his unjustified and repressive punishment."
Snowden has rarely been seen in public over the last year. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper last month, he said he had not chosen to live in Russia and disapproved of most of the Internet censorship and surveillance laws recently adopted by that country.