Russia (QHA) -  Former CIA
employee Edward Snowden may be provided with a paper entitling him to stay on
Russian territory on Wednesday, Izvestia reported with reference to lawyer
Anatoly Kucherena, Interfax reports.

by the Federal Migration Service practice, such documents are considered for up
to seven days, after which a special paper is issued, with which Snowden will
be entitled to freely move around Russian territory. We filed the petition for
temporary asylum on July 16. Hence, the deadline expires on Wednesday ", -
stated Kucherena.

to him, the migration service could take more time for consideration, as the
case is too complicated and extraordinary, but he was sure the decision will be

As reported
earlier, Snowden has released classified information regarding U.S. special
services to the press. Following this, Snowden went to Moscow and has been in
the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23. The U.S. has
revoked Snowden's passport and is seeking his extradition. Snowden officially
applied for temporary asylum in Russia last week.

leaks have been a subject of great controversy. Some have referred to Snowden
as a hero and a whistleblower, while others have described him as a traitor.
Snowden has defended his leaks as an effort "to inform the public as to
that which is done in their name and that which is done against