US-based human rights organization " Foundation for Freedom of Press" invited former intelligence officer Edward Snowden to enter the board of directors of the foundation.
The foundation was created in 2012 to ensure freedom of speech in the United States. Among its co-founders is former employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, Daniel Ellsberg, who exposed a secret Pentagon report about combat actions in Vietnam in 1971, Hollywood actor John Cusack and journalist Glenn Greenwald, who helped Snowden publish secret documents.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign