Fugitive Snowden is not planning to leave Russia for now: Lawyer

Mr Anatoly Kucherena (centre), the Russian lawyer assisting former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, speaks to the media at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Snowden has no immediate plans to leave Russia, Mr Kuc
Mr Anatoly Kucherena (centre), the Russian lawyer assisting former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, speaks to the media at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Snowden has no immediate plans to leave Russia, Mr Kucherena said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has no immediate plans to leave Russia, a lawyer assisting him in his request for temporary asylum said on Wednesday.

"He is not planning to leave for now. He asked for temporary asylum, which in the case of a positive decision, is granted for a term of one year. Currently his final country of destination is Russia," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Rossiya 24 new channel after meeting after meeting the 30-year-old.