There have been many opinions (in addition to mine) posted online about Edward Snowden's alternatives for asylum and relationship with Russian authorities (read: President Putin).
Most analytics seem although to be living in some fantasy world, far from Russian realities.
Today we could, however, read one very good and adequat opinion-article in the Moscow Time.
I believe the author, Georgy Bovt, really hit bulls eye when he described President Putins opinion of Snowden like this:
It is unlikely that President Vladimir Putin had originally wanted to grant Snowden political asylum. Snowden is in no way a hero in Putin's mind, and he probably considers him a traitor. It is no coincidence that Putin said Snowden could remain in Russia only if he did not harm the interests of “our U.S. partners.”
Human rights activists are another category of people that Putin dislikes. But strictly speaking, Snowden could hardly be called a human rights activist. Both he and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are members of the “Internet generation” that ostensibly fights for total freedom of information about everyone, everything and all the time. They become famous by divulging classified information that exposes “U.S. imperialism,” despite offering no coherent platform, humanitarian vision or social alternatives of their own. It would make just as much sense to hang the label of “human rights activist” on the anarchistic, anti-globalization demonstrators who stage public rallies at every Group of Eight summit.
Read more: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/snowden-russias-unwelcome-guest/483249.html#ixzz2ZKMvbNzS
The Moscow Times