American whistleblower Edward Snowden has received a Russian passport, Yeniavaz.com reports, citing Snowden's lawyer.
Snowden, who in 2013 exposed mass surveillance by his former employer the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), has lived in Russia since that year to avoid prosecution by U.S. authorities. President Vladimir Putin granted him citizenship in September, two years after he applied for a Russian passport.
Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told TASS that the whistleblower also took the oath of citizenship on Friday.
Moscow several years ago relaxed its strict citizenship laws to allow individuals to obtain Russian passports without renouncing their original citizenship.