Welcome to the transit zone: Photos from Snowden’s meeting and the strange scene outside

July 12, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden held a meeting today at Terminal F in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where he has been living since arriving from Hong Kong in late June, to announce that he would seek asylum in Russia.

The scene at Snowden's meeting, like the international politics that got him there, was at turns strange and boisterous. Human rights workers, Russian government officials and a scrum of reporters jockeyed outside the apparently small room where the meeting was held, discussing the asylum application that may ultimately come down to whether Snowden can meet conditions articulated earlier by Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Sheremetyevo aiport police staff guard an entrance into the transit area (EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY)

An unidentified man speaks with journalists before a meeting with National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive leaker Edward Snowden (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lawyer Genry Reznik (C) speaks with journalists inside Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Journalists crowd near one of the entrances inside Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport (AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden (C) and Sarah Harrison (L) of WikiLeaks speak to human rights representatives in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport (REUTERS/Human Rights Watch/Handout)

Vladimir Lukin, president's commissioner on human rights, escorted by airport security staff walks after meeting Edward Snowden (EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY)

Tanya Lokshina, right, of Human Rights Watch talks to the media (EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY)

People wait in the transit zone of Terminal F at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police block the entrance to a transit zone at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Genri Reznik, center, prominent lawyer and head of the Moscow bar association, and Anatoly Kucherena, left,a  lawyer, talk to journalists after meeting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov, second left, speaks to the media after meeting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

TV journalists loiter outside Sheremetyevo airport. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Snowden stands at the meeting. (REUTERS/Human Rights Watch/Handout)

Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov speaks to the media at Sheremetyevo airport. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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