July 12, 2013 - 15:16 AMT
Snowden to meet Russian human rights advocates at Moscow airport

A meeting between fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and representatives from Russian human rights organizations will take place at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Friday, July 12 afternoon, airport officials have confirmed, according to RIA Novosti.

“The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m.," said a spokesperson for Sheremetyevo airport, which is owned by the Russian state. "We will provide access and a location for the meeting."

Russian human rights organizations and lawyers said Friday that they have been invited to a meeting with Snowden in Sheremetyevo. It was not immediately clear whether the invitation was genuinely from Snowden, though the email address used did include his name.

“I received an invitation yesterday for 4:30 p.m. at Sheremetyevo,” said prominent Moscow lawyer Henri Reznik, “He sent invitations not only to me, but to other human rights activists.”

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, prominent laywer Henrikh Padva and head of Russian rights organization “Resistance” Olga Kostina all confirmed Friday that they had been invited to the meeting.