Source Pravda.Ru

Edward Snowden to study Russian culture and language

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who fled to Moscow's airport a month ago, aims to stay in Russia for the near future and learn the country's culture and language, his lawyer said Wednesday, says Worcester Telegram. 

Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia and is now awaiting a document that would allow him to formally cross the border and move freely in Russia while his application is being considered - a prospect the United States has said would be "deeply disappointing". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry about Snowden´s case Wednesday but it was not clear if their discussion had an impact on the fugitive´s fate, reports Republica.

President Vladimir Putin signalled last week that he did not want the dispute to derail Russia's relations with the United States, and the decision on temporary asylum could be delayed until after US President Barack Obama visits Moscow for a summit in early September, according to Dhaka Tribune.