MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US security guard Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed Monday by the Russian leader.
Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals listed by the decree as having been granted Russian citizenship. The decree was published on an official government website.
Snowden, a former contractor for the US National Security Agency, has lived in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the US after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs.
He was granted permanent residency in 2020 and said at the time that he planned to apply for Russian citizenship, without giving up his US citizenship.