Russia denies receiving any official requests from the United States to extradite Edward Snowden, despite reports.
Anatoly Kucherena, the head of the Public Chamber Commission and Snowden’s lawyer, said that the country’s officials have not received any documents regarding Snowden’s extradition, Itar-Tass reports.
Such a request from the United States would go to waste since the country isn’t allowed to expel a person who is seeking temporary asylum for as long as it takes to process the request.
“Even if the United States sends an official extradition request to Russian competent authorities, Russia will be unable to extradite the former CIA employee because he has applied for temporary asylum and cannot be deported so long as his request is being considered,” the lawyer said.
Snowden has not yet crossed the border into Russia.