USA Today has more:
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year and left a Moscow airport to formally enter the country’s territory, according to his lawyer. Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s legal representative, told Interfax Thursday that he had given Snowden temporary papers issued by the Russian Immigration Service. The Associated Press reported that Snowden had actually left Sheremetyevo airport, where he has been holed up since arriving June 23 from Hong Kong. Kucherena said Snowden was unaccompanied when he left the airport in a regular taxi. RT.com reported that his whereabouts will be kept secret.
Snowden’s father this morning thanked Vladimir Putin for having the “courage and strength of conviction to keep my son safe.”