Edward Snowden receives citizenship from Putin after disclosing American surveillance

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On Monday, Edward Snowde was awarded citizenship by Russian President Vladimir Putin

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The former security advisor who revealed details of top-secret American monitoring programmes

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And is still wanted after by Washington on suspicion of spying

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In a decree that Putin signed, Snowden, 39, was one of 72 foreigners who received citizenship

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Snowden, who considers himself a whistleblower

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Living in Russia after fleeing the US to avoid being arrested

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In 2020, Snowden was awarded citizenship

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His lawyers said at the time that he was applying to obtain a Russian passport without renouncing his U.S. citizenship

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Lindsay Mills, Snowden's spouse, is currently applying for Russian citizenship

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