Lon Snowden, Anatoly Kucherena

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Lon Snowden, left, speaks to The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Edward Snowden’s father Lon Snowden told Russian television outside the Moscow airport Thursday morning that his son is not planning to return to the United States. He thanked Russia and President Vladimir Putin for sheltering his son, who provided the news media with information on global surveillance activities conducted by the U.S. special services. Edward Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena listens at right. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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