Vladimir Putin grants Edward Snowden Russian citizenship

Vladimir Putin grants Edward Snowden Russian citizenship

Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to have granted citizenship to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been in the country since 2013.

According to a Reuters report Monday, Putin has signed a decree declaring Snowden a Russian citizen. The NSA whistleblower found himself in exile fleeing the United States after leaking thousands of classified documents to journalists. He nonetheless continued to talk about issues such as national security as well as cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Putin has passed laws restricting the use of cryptocurrencies and even banning the use of digital assets as means of payment. Snowden, on the other hand, has spoken frequently about the benefits of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC). The whistleblower-turned-Russian citizen said in 2019 he used BTC to pay for the servers from which he released the infamous NSA leak documents. In April, he said he played a pivotal role in the development of privacy token Zcash (ZEC).

“Snowden is not a traitor,” Putin said in a 2017 interview with film director Oliver Stone. “He has not betrayed his country’s interests, nor has he passed information to another country that would harm his own people. He should not have leaked the NSA secrets. In my opinion, what he did was wrong .”

If Snowden were to return to the United States, he would potentially be charged with espionage. It is currently unclear what prompted President Putin to grant Snowden citizenship. The fact is that after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions imposed by the US and other countries, diplomatic relations between the US and Russia are very unstable. Many people criticize Putin for exercising an autocratic style of leadership. Snowden, on the other hand, has often warned of the dangers of over-regulation and the need for oversight.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in the United States, it doesn’t matter if you’re in Germany, it doesn’t matter if you’re in Russia, it doesn’t matter if you’re in China: It’s a global trend that government is doing more,” Snowden said in a chat with DeData Salon on Sept. 23. “They have more opportunities because technology amplifies the power they already have. That allows them to increase their influence, doesn’t it? They use their influence to act and participate not only within their own borders but globally. Now those influences are colliding and leads to problems and conflicts around the world.”

Snowden’s Russian citizenship would not necessarily make it impossible for the whistleblower to ever return to the United States. US Presidents have the power to grant pardons for “misdemeanours” against the country. Espionage is likely to be one of those offenses. Although numerous civil rights groups have called for a pardon, the two previous Presidents have not pardoned Snowden. Nor has President Joe Biden indicated that he intends to do so during his term.

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