Headline RoundupSeptember 26th, 2022

Vladimir Putin Grants Russian Citizenship to Edward Snowden

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Russian President Vladimir Putin granted full Russian citizenship to former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday. 

Snowden, 39, initially fled to Russia in 2013 after turning over NSA secrets to journalists. Russia granted him asylum in 2013 and permanent residency in 2020. Putin’s decree, which granted citizenship to 72 foreign-born individuals, came as Moscow partially mobilized the Russian military to respond to recent defeats in Ukraine.

Coverage was widespread, prominently featured and mostly balanced across the spectrum. Most coverage was initially brief, with some outlets offering live coverage.

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