Edward Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said the former NSA employee will be allowed to stay in Russian for another three years until 2020.
Snowden can also apply for Russian citizenship from next year, despite his desire of not wanting to settle in the country. Snowden has been living in Moscow since 2013.
President Obama commuted 209 sentences, the more so on his last days as President, such as in the case of Chelsea Manning who was imprisoned for sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking state secrets.
Snowden was not included in Obama’s pardon list, and his leave to stay in Russia was announced shortly after. Trump has publicly called Snowden a traitor and Snowden’s lawyers are trying to find asylum for him in the EU.