WASHINGTON -- Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said Thursday that the National Security Agency leaker had a new job in Russia at a "large Russian site," but he wouldn't say where "for security reasons."
A Facebook-like social networking site that had offered Snowden a job in August declined to comment to The Huffington Post when asked if he had accepted its offer.
"We're not commenting," VKontakte spokesman Georgiy Lobushkin emailed.
By contrast, several other top Russian Internet companies denied that Snowden had begun working for them. Yandex, a Russian equivalent of Google; Mail.ru, a Russian email provider; and Rambler.ru, another search engine, all told Digit.ru that he was not their latest employee.
Snowden's employment is yet another sign that the NSA leaker remains in Russia, having first gone there in June in hopes of transiting to a third country for asylum. The Kremlin-connected tabloid Lifenews.ru has posted photos of him grocery shopping and apparently on a boat on the Moscow River. His lawyer, who has strong Kremlin ties, has said little about Snowden's life other than that he is learning Russian and growing to appreciate Russian culture.
VKontakte's founder, Pavel Durov, invited Snowden to work for the company in an Aug. 1 blog post.
"We invite Edward to St. Petersburg and we will be happy if he decides to fill our star team of programmers at VKontakte," Durov wrote. "Ultimately, there is no more popular European Internet company than VK. I think that to Edward it might be interesting to work on the defense of the protection of personal data for millions of our users."
This June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee for the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)
In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow. (AP Photo)
A frame grab made from AFPTV footage, reportedly taken on Oct. 9, 2013, shows U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired U.S. intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location. (AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images)
In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow. (AP Photo)
In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, Edward Snowden (center) receives the Sam Adams Award in Moscow. (AP Photo)
This photo, taken June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong, provided by The Guardian in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee for the National Security Agency. (AP Photo/The Guardian)
This handout file photo taken on July 12, 2013, and made available by Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker Edward Snowden during his meeting with Russian activists and officials at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow. (AP Photo/Tatyana Lokshina, Human Rights Watch HO, file)