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Snowden granted residency by Russia

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WASHINGTON — Russia has granted a three-year residency permit to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has leaked thousands of top-secret documents on the agency’s communications collection programs, his lawyer announced today.

The decision will add new fuel to Cold War-like tensions between Russia and the United States over what the Obama administration charges is the Kremlin’s military and economic support for pro-Russia separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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