Snowden Reads Crime and Punishment as Stay in Moscow Airport Lengthens

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Edward Snowden meets with human-rights-organization representatives, Russian lawyers and the Russian President's human-rights commissioner at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow on July 12, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, a pack of reporters gathered to meet Edward Snowden outside the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, where the American whistle-blower, on the run from U.S. justice, has been stranded for a month. According to airport officials cited in the Russian media, Snowden was due to receive documents from Russian authorities on Wednesday that would finally allow him to leave the airport and enter Russia as a temporary asylum seeker. But it was a false alarm. Upon arriving at the airport, Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, had no documents to deliver. Instead he brought a few clean shirts for Snowden, a new pair of pants and a copy of the Russian novel Crime and Punishment.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Kucherena, who has been helping Snowden with his request for Russian asylum, said the former CIA and National Security Agency employee welcomed his lawyer with a Russian greeting — “Privet!” Kucherena explained that Snowden, who is wanted in the U.S. for leaking the secrets of American intelligence agencies, has been studying Russian to prepare for a long stay. “As of today, the final country of destination for him is Russia,” Kucherena said in a live interview with Russian state news channel Rossiya 24.

That seemed to mark a shift away from Snowden’s previous plans, which he expressed to Russian lawyers and rights activists during a meeting in the airport transit zone on June 12. Three of them told TIME after that meeting that Snowden only planned to seek temporary asylum in Russia, from which he would soon travel onward to one of several Latin American countries that have offered him permanent asylum. “Russia is a temporary solution for him,” Tanya Lokshina, the Russian project director for Human Rights Watch, said in recounting Snowden’s remarks that day.

But the comments from Snowden’s lawyer on Wednesday indicated that the former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency may seek a longer stay in Russia than expected. “So far he intends to stay here. He intends to study Russian culture. He intends to study the Russian language,” Kucherena told Rossiya 24 outside the airport. “He is of course interested in seeing Russia. He asked me, ‘Am I free to travel?’ And I said, ‘Please, of course this is possible, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok'” — referring to Russia’s westernmost and easternmost cities.

As for why Snowden has not yet been allowed to enter Russia officially, Kucherena said the asylum process has been held up by red tape. Snowden, whose U.S. passport was annulled in June, leaving him without a valid travel document, is waiting to receive temporary identification papers from the Russian Federal Migration Service. These would allow him to pass border control without a passport and remain in Russia while the migration service makes a decision on his request for asylum — a process that could take up to three months.

“This question of course takes time,” said Kucherena. “There are procedures, and the immigration service is working on it.” He added that the temporary documents, which would allow Snowden to enter Russia while he awaits a final decision on his asylum request, should be ready in the coming days. In the meantime, the Russian classics Kucherena delivered on Wednesday should keep Snowden busy. Along with Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the lawyer brought along a volume of short stories by Anton Chekhov. In parting, Kucherena said Snowden showed off some more of his Russian skills. “‘Bye-bye,'” he recalled the whistle-blower saying in Russian. “‘I’ll call you.'”

108 comments
solardowork
solardowork

America’s LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE comes to an end and our leaders did almost nothing why?

 50 Potential Terrorist Acts Prevented and most all could have been done without violating over 300 million American's GOD given and
OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION RIGHTS TO FREEDOM. How many aided or watched and did not a thing.


AROUND THE WORLD MANY JOURNALIST HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE FOR TELLING THE WORLD THE TRUTH.

JUST ONE OF MANY MEXICO IS KILLING THE PRESS AND JOURNALIST

FOR EXPOSING THE LAUNDERING OF BILLIONS.

IS THIS NEXT TO HAPPEN IN THE USA?

("Press Freedom: Journalist in Mexico Killed for Reporting on Drug Cartels | Human Rights First") 

(Journalist around the world are killed for Reporting on and about the bad wicked corrupt leaders, that their bad deeds out number their good deeds. Only in government for the power and money.)

True Blooded Americans fly OLD GLORY the day might come soon that it will

be your last time.

("IRAN and NORTH KOREA WE ARE GOING TO TAKE DOWN THE USA obama too late i already did it.") This may soon not be so funny, as just a cartoon.)

North Korean ship caught in Panama with Military Weapons   Missiles two Mig fighter jets and more.
This ship is only one of how many more that have got by?

Fort Hood the CIA and FBI Terrorism Task Force had been watching this man and

knew he was a Traitor to the USA and had done acts of TREASON. Why was he not

already in jail? 50 Potential Terrorist? Or aiding some?

What leader on earth would watch someone do acts of treason against his Nation

and not stop them on the first or second act little lone wait till they cold

heart ed Murdered many be for he put him in jail. USA Leaders if you are

lost and need a role model look to Canada.

Every 9-11 they are going to try.

September the wicked will always look to kill others Munich Germany 1972. 11 of

the ISRAELI Olympic Athletes were killed by the wicked. Special Forces sent Air

Mail to ten terrorist training PLO Bases in SYRIA and LEBANON in

response. 200 died 11 for 200 you do the math. The wicked are at war with all

that believe in Jesus Christ. Every year since they have tried or done acts of

Terror every September only the real slow in the head in government do not know,

to be ready each and every September. From the Religion of ? not Peace at a average

rate of 3 or more atrocities are committed worldwide each day all in the name

of ? islam the Religion the terrorist use.

Some will never Learn till it is too late.

The only group of wicked that kill close to this rate a year is the Drug Cartels.

Friends of Obama get away with anything right? Fort Hood Work place Bull

S... cover up.

In the hearts of every True American that has ever stepped foot on a United

Stated Military Base. These 13 Murdered Victims already have are Heart, and in our

minds We All Know They Have Clearly Earned the PURPLE HEART ALREADY.

Some of our leaders of this One Nation Under GOD need to be on trial for

TREASON.

We The People Live by are Lord GOD and "The U.S. CONSTITUTION"

NOT SOME SICK IN THE HEAD LEADERS.

"The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3."

(AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES HOSTILE TO US)

(ANY ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO A FOREIGN STATE HOSTILE TO US)

(CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE

NATIONAL SECURITY)

Negotiating with terrorists act of TREASON.

GIVING ARE TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT SUPPORT TERRORIST OR TERRORIST

GROUPS ACT OF TREASON.

Taking down are Military by WEAKEN MILITARY READINESS YET KEEPS SENDING MANY

MILLIONS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

THIS IS OBAMA'S PLAN FOR JOBS WORKING AS HE PLANED.

MASSIVE TAX ON ALL EMPLOYERS PUTTING MILLIONS OUT OF WORK.

MANY MORE EMPLOYERS CUT FULL TIMERS TO PART TIME.

THE ONCE LARGEST ECONOMIC ENGINE IN THE WORLD

MOTOR CITY USA SHUTDOWN

(CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE NATIONAL SECURITY)

What Part of this did

all Americans let anyone cut out of our hearts or are (U.S. CONSTITUTION) "The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3."

MORE THEN 50 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK OR ON FOOD AID THIS YEAR 2013. AND SOME

SO CALLED U.S. LEADERS OF WHAT THE WICKED ARE GOING TO KEEP SENDING YOUR TAXES OUT OF THE COUNTRY?

Why to keep taking a piece of the pie for them self's. Too many of these so called leaders went

into office with little to nothing and leave with millions, and they think that all America is that stupid.

They must be working more for them self then for GOD and Country.

Americans the next time you vote use a Black Pen not a pencil may be your

vote will count.

Leaders that put pencils in the voting

poll-booths need to be in jail. If they will not safe guard America who

will? Pencils to vote with and the wicked call this safeguarding your

vote. Anything that can be changed or tampered with is NOT to be used in

a voting place ever this was taught to all board of elections back when

i was a Judge. Back then many a democrat did wicked things.

Responsible

for the fall of the second most powerful man in the United States of America

Dan Rostenkowski, Democrat-Illinois

Democrat

controlled and run cities are some of the highest crime places in this

country. This is sad for all that live in and around them. You can not

work for satan and GOD at the same time.

(" When Injustice Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty " THOMAS JEFFERSON ). 
("United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust"  George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM)
 
("In GOD We Trust")
 The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956. 
King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago. 

Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ. 
"United We Will Always Stand in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ We Trust" 
True Americans  True Patriots  GOD Bless

May are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Guide and Watch over us all.

The Lord's Little Helper

Paul Felix Schott

PS

IS THIS THE?

(((The U.S.A. land base of the Great Satan

Concealing And Laundering Billions

From the Sweat and Blood Work Of Millions of Christians

That follow our Lord Jesus Christ

And they will cut your head off if you have a Bible just like

(PAUL  MARSHALL  JOHNSON  JR.)

Islamic Republic Den Of Spies And Espionage

2209 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. 20007

202-965-4990)))

WE ALL NEED TO KEEP WATCH FOR TERRORIST NOT PATRIOTIC AMERICANS.
Let as pray Americans are past the 1750's as it look like some of are leaders are not,
are they doing a Witch-hunt to discredit the Good that tell the truth only to cover their own wickedness.

Ivan Ivanov
Ivan Ivanov

it is not true. he is wellcome in Russia. and he unmasked all usa and eu human rights.

Ivan Ivanov
Ivan Ivanov

Шереметьево нам выдаст через пару лет философа и энциклопедиста. и хакера. гремучая смесь!

Jalal Khan
Jalal Khan

too late for such readingsssssssss

Alex Voinea
Alex Voinea

better there than staying in an american prison

Fahd Sherif
Fahd Sherif

Military coup in Egypt kill Egyptians in the streets.SOS respectable world that they kill in the chest and direct Alris.They are killing children in the street Name: Hala Abu She'sha of 17 Years Sarah 13 years Mahmoud 17 Years More than 80 dead and 1,200 injured. Please,

Oshearome
Oshearome

If Russia keeps him any longer stop all aid and affiliation with that country. Bring him back to USA. should he want to live in Russia he can after trial.

Elkanah Brian Seymour
Elkanah Brian Seymour

The government was elected by the people for the people even if it meant spying, all countries do it. The tragedy is that he exposed what the government secret is on spying on other countries and that is treason!

Henry Jaworski
Henry Jaworski

The only stealing done here was by the u.s. government, they had no right to steal peoples information, there is a reason we have the 4th amendment

Elkanah Brian Seymour
Elkanah Brian Seymour

He stole it did not belong to him and that is not principle! I am sorry he did nothing for me he is not my hero!

Benjamin Short
Benjamin Short

I can't believe this guy is being punished. Meanwhile, the US Government is demand websites turn over everyone's user passwords.

Quinnie Cheuk
Quinnie Cheuk

perhaps, everything have a cost, sometimes it doesn't matter, sometimes it costs your life.

Henry Jaworski
Henry Jaworski

we have a constitution, and specifically an amendment, the 4th, which the government is suppose to obide by, If the government cannot abide by its own laws then they will be thrown out

Harvey Mallinson
Harvey Mallinson

Every country is doing this sort of thing! There is no case of 'doing the right thing'. Every country has a secret service. They are secret because what they are doing is 'illegal'.

Henry Jaworski
Henry Jaworski

It's called living by principle, this man sacrificed all the comforts in life, to make a wide open secret undeniably come out in the open, this man is a hero, the only traitors or those who already knew and stood by doing nothing, sound familiar?

Henry Jaworski
Henry Jaworski

The only Traitor I see is the one who upholds Tyranny and hates a man for doing the right thing

Henry Jaworski
Henry Jaworski

Carelessly? the man sacrificed so much to inform the average clueless citizen as to what is going on, this man sacrificed alot and deserves our respect, the same for Bradley Manning, which is why Snowden left the country, look how they treat people who uphold the constitution

dbp003
dbp003

@TIME the US delivers someone with government secrets right to the front door of a long time enemy. Keep believing hes still there.

kdzhexon
kdzhexon

How quaint. “@TIME: Snowden's still at Moscow's airport. At least he has a copy of 'Crime and Punishment' to read | ti.me/137hBce

Jon Adams
Jon Adams

The reason Snowden left the country is because he would end up in a cell with a sock in his mouth.

Jon Adams
Jon Adams

well, let's start with the lying hyenas on Fox News --- and ask ourselves how could such stupid people be hired to deliver the national news.

BtyBlk
BtyBlk

@TIME u really believe he's still there? Keep thinking that.

JehanneAra
JehanneAra

Le CM en forme “@TIME: Snowden's still at Moscow's airport. At least he has a copy of 'Crime and Punishment' to read ti.me/137hBce

Tourville
Tourville

@TIME HE DESERVES A MEDAL. OBAMA GIVEN A PEACE MEDAL & WROUGHT DRONE WARS , NDAA MILITARY ARRESTS OF CIVILIAN AMERICANS .. NSA etc.

Elkanah Brian Seymour
Elkanah Brian Seymour

What a fool, left the comforts of a good job, girlfriend, country, to expose what everybody already knows! What they do not know is the system and names of the country's enemy and he has given it to them freely! A traitor by heart, everybody already knows how this story will end, a traitor is nobody's friend and a hero to fools like himself!

Kurt Obermeier
Kurt Obermeier

Lol! Thank you, Moises, for making my point so eloquently. We are a nation of 330 million liars. Or do you include Europe in your racist smear?

Christine McAusland
Christine McAusland

The American defense industry is the most powerful in the world, employing very capable lobbyist's putting pressure on the "House". I was utterly amazed that it uses "Ireland" as a tax shelter, not much economic benefit to the Irish economy or the American economy. Sometimes there are good people who have served their duty honorably and deserve the gratitude but most of all need the support because their too proud to lobby, re-living their "hell", they need the support much more than a "Tax Shelter" - by George, do you think I've got it? - at a multi trillion dollar level sadly this is massive and the money markets more powerful the "G20".Snowden should be heard I doubt he banks the profit made from arms, abroad.

Nikki Mieczkowski
Nikki Mieczkowski

The situation is not reversed. He doesn't live or work for Russia. So why does it matter what would happen if he did? I'm not talking about Russia. It's irrelevant.

Kurt Obermeier
Kurt Obermeier

Angelo, you must understand that the the only way some people argue is to attack the person they are arguing with. No sense in wallowing in the mud with them.

Eduardo Corrêa
Eduardo Corrêa

Freedom of expression is independent of government system. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are perceiving it very well! As Julian Assange Said: "Transparency for the state! Privacy for the rest of us"

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

In the formal version, Constitution in Israel lacks. The role of the Constitution of the state of Israel performs a so-called set of «Basic laws», which regulates and democratic nature of the Israeli state and the parliamentary power

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@Harvey Mallinson 

the Russian President assured, that in Russia it is impossible to listen in on telephone conversations without appropriate sanctions of court.

CoryRandall
CoryRandall

@Elkanah Brian Seymour You're an idiot. If he was a "traitor" he would have sold the information, would be living in luxury, and no one would have any clue who he was. Why in the world would he go public and make the information public if his intent was to hurt the US? Yes, we all just want to be the most wanted man in the world! That makes soooo much sense!