Snowden faces up to 20 years in prison in the United States.
Edward Snowden, a former employee of the U.S. National Security Service, has received a permanent residence permit for Russia, his lawyer says.
He previously had a temporary residence permit that had expired in June. He had applied for an extension of his residence permit in time, but the decision was delayed to this day due to the coronary pandemic.
In 2013, 37-year-old Snowden uncovered U.S. intelligence practices, such as eavesdropping on citizens and politicians.
He has received two counts of espionage in the United States, each facing a 10-year prison sentence. He is fleeing justice in Russia.
Snowden has said he has no plans to apply for Russian citizenship.