FAST FIVE: Putin Gives Edward Snowden Russian Citizenship: State Media

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Whistleblower Silent Since Russia Invaded Ukraine” – as one April Newsweek headline read.

Per the official Russian presidential decree.

“In accordance with paragraph 'a' of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, I decide: to accept the following persons in the citizenship of the Russian Federation: Edward Joseph Snowden, born June 21, 1983, in the United States of America.” This is an absolutely huge development and big and consequential Kremlin thumb in the eye to Washington at a moment the two sides are inching closer to direct confrontation and war in Ukraine.

Bear in mind, Snowden did apply for Russian citizenship two years ago to avoid the risk of being separated from his Russian-born son during the pandemic.

But the timing of Putin's decree is, of course, inauspicious – max seddon (@maxseddon) September 26, 2022 According to Russia's Sputnik, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also confirmed that Russian citizenship was granted to Snowden at the latter's request.” Tyler Durden Mon, 09/26/2022 – 12:12.

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