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Russia Breaking News: Snowden Submits Application for Asylum in Russia


Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former intelligence contractor, cited fears that he could face torture or the death penalty if extradited to the United States.

Plans by Moscow film festival topper Nikita Mikhalkov to find a new headquarters for the event, rendered moot several years ago, are back on the agenda. The Oscar-winning director, who last month made a red carpet appearance with Brad Pitt, wants to build a new "festival palace" at Luzhniki Stadium, a large sports complex on the Moscow river near Gorky Park.

The Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin will not be the person deciding whether to grant fugitive American Edward Snowden temporary asylum in Russia,