Sheremetyevo Transit Zone—A wraithlike being of pasty resemblance to former C.I.A. analyst Edward Snowden appeared briefly Friday before a skeptical gathering of human rights activists, most of whom had long abandoned belief in the 30 year-old traitor’s existence.
“Самотестирование завершено успешно,” the Snowdenesque presence assured attendees. “Я жду входа.” After expressing a desire for political asylum, preferably in a location reachable by some means of travel, it proceeded to wax lyrical in praise of host country Russia’s principled stand on human rights, at which point it was hastily turned off.
Edward Snowden is wanted by the United States on a variety of vague charges. His half-immigrated presence remains trapped in metapolitical limbo within a narrow region of Sheremetyevo International Airport, under the watchful eye of Russia’s Federal Security Service.
Friday’s hastily-arranged meeting commenced at 5 p.m. Sheremetyevo Transit Area Time and lasted approximately 43 minutes. Members of the press and news media were barred from the event, thus ensuring it worldwide attention.