The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed its support to Russia's decision to accept fugitive U.S. Intelligence leaker, Edward Snowden's request for asylum. Orthodox Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, Chairman of the Synodal Department of Church-Social Relations, said that Moscow "could quite possibly be urged to protect real freedom, from the global ideological dictatorship, from the electronic concentration camp," the Vatican Insider website reports today (August 1, 2013).
Chaplin stated he supported Moscow's intention to accept the former CIA agent's request for asylum.
Snowden -- whom Washington accuses of espionage -- has been stranded at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, without any valid travel documents, for more than 40 days. The former NSA contractor was granted temporary political asylum for a year and has left Sheremetyevo airport for a safer place which is to remain secret.
"It is positive that Russia shows independence in this case, as well as in many others, regardless of serious pressure. Russia's image as a country supporting true ideals of freedom depends on how Russia will act in this situation," Chaplin said.