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11:51am

Wed August 7, 2013
Parallels

Migrants Flock To Russia, But Receive A Cool Welcome

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:26 pm

Migrant workers follow a police officer during a raid by Russian immigration authorities at a construction site in Moscow, in 2012.
Karpov Sergei ITAR-Tass/Landov

Russia's immigration issues would be familiar to Americans: Millions of impoverished migrants have come and found low-wage jobs. Some are in Russia illegally and are exploited by their employers. And a growing number of Russians fear this influx of migrants, many of whom are Muslim, is changing the face of the country.

At 3:30 on a recent morning, the train from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, pulls into Moscow after a four-day journey. The passengers hauling their bags out onto the damp, ill-lit platform are mostly men. Russian police eye the new arrivals with suspicion.

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7:28am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:12 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama when they sat down together in June at a G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Alexi Nikolsky EPA /LANDOV

President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.

It's the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia's decision to grant "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.

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9:33am

Sun August 4, 2013
National Security

Snowden Case Illustrates Decline In U.S.-Russia Relations

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 4:38 pm

President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland in June.
Evan Vucci AP

U.S.-Russia relations hit a new low this week, when Moscow ignored U.S. requests and gave temporary asylum to a man who leaked classified documents on U.S. government surveillance programs.

Many in Congress are complaining that the Edward Snowden case is just the latest example of how the Kremlin is thumbing its nose at the White House.

The Obama administration famously reset relations with Russia when Dmitry Medvedev was president. But now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is back in the Kremlin, it seems to be having a more difficult time.

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6:04am

Fri August 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Snowden Has Job Offers, Place To Live, Russian Lawyer Says

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:20 am

Edward Snowden has chosen where to live in Russia, which granted him asylum Thursday, his lawyer said. Here, Snowden is seen at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on July 12. At left is WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison.
Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who spent more than a month at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport before being granted a one-year asylum Thursday, has picked out a place to live in Russia, his attorney there says.

Snowden is wanted on charges of espionage by the United States for leaking classified documents about secret U.S. surveillance programs. His departure from the Moscow airport ended, temporarily at least, weeks of uncertainty over his fate. He had applied to several other countries for asylum, as well.

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6:45am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:21 pm

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. He left Moscow's airport Thursday for the first time in more than a month.
Tatyana Lokshina AP

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The White House says it is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant a temporary one-year asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday after spending more than a month holed up in its transit center. Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who has been advising the former U.S. intelligence contractor, told Russian media that Snowden's whereabouts are being kept secret for security reasons.

The Obama administration's displeasure was clear:

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