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Sunday, July 7, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

An influential Russian lawmaker on Sunday advised fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden to take up Venezuela's offer of asylum, deeming it his “last chance” and cautioning that the leaker of U.S. security secrets can't live in Moscow's airport forever.

It was a clear sign from the Kremlin that it has tired of the international standoff over Snowden, the 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed classified information about widespread U.S. surveillance of worldwide telephone and Internet contacts.

“Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden,” Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian parliament's international affairs committee, wrote on Twitter. “This, perhaps, is his last chance to receive political asylum.”

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