After living in Moscow’s airport for five weeks, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden finally received some reassurance last week that he would be able to leave when Russia granted him one year of asylum.
This decision didn’t make government officials in the U.S., including President Obama, very happy.
But Snowden isn’t the first person to seek and be granted asylum.
Here is a list of 10 notable asylum seekers from around the globe.
In 2010, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, was responsible for publishing one of the largest information leaks in United States history. That same year, he confronted sexual assault allegations in Sweden.
Wanted in both Sweden and the U.S., Assange fled to England, but when the British government agreed to hand him over to the U.S., he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has stayed since June of 2012. British police forces are ever present outside.
The inspiration for Tom Hanks' movie "Terminal" was Mehran Karimi Nasseri, a refugee from Iran who fled the Islamic Republic in 1988.
Nasseri's destination was Belgium where he sought political asylum, but when he arrived at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris, he claimed to have lost his proper documentation.
He spent the next 18 years living in the department lounge of the airport, from 1988 to 2006. He assigned himself a bench, and his meals were provided by the fast food chains located in the lounge.
Eventually he was allowed to leave the airport, after being diagnosed with an unspecified illness.
Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng had gone through various types of imprisonment since 2005 when he filed a class action lawsuit against the Chinese government authorities.
In 2012, Guangcheng escaped from house arrest and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he stayed for 13 days as an international incident developed around him. In the end, the U.S. granted Guangcheng asylum and flew him to the states.
In 1978, seven members of two large families from the eastern Soviet Union rushed past Soviet police guards outside the U.S. Embassy in Russia seeking asylum. Known simply as the Siberian Seven, they were fundamentalist Pentecostal Christians seeking religious refuge from an atheist Soviet Union.
The Siberian Seven lived as voluntary prisoners in the basement of the U.S. Embassy for five years from June 1978 to June 1983, until the Soviet Union finally issued exit visas to the Siberian Seven and many of their followers.
The step-aunt of famous rapper Tupac, Assata Shakur — born Joanne Chesimard — was a member of the Black Liberation Army and Black Panther Party, both radical black organizations that often used violence to further their agendas.
In 1973, Shakur was engaged in a shootout on the New Jersey turnpike in which a fellow member of the BLA and a New Jersey State police officer were killed. In 1977 she was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
In 1979, three members of the BLA broke her out of prison after smuggling guns into Shakur's prison and took hostages. Since 1984 she has lived in Havana, Cuba, after receiving political asylum that same year.
In 2013 she was announced as the first woman on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.
Phillip Agee joined the CIA in 1957, spending the next decade on assignment in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Latin American world.
However, after leaving the agency in 1968, he quickly became one of the agency's biggest opponents, becoming a public critic of the CIA's techniques throughout the world and publicly discussing its techniques.
In 1975 he published "Inside the Company: CIA Diary." He died in Havana, Cuba, in 2008, where he sought asylum after retiring.
For most of the past two decades, Russia has been engaged in low-intensity conflict with the breakaway Republic of Chechnya. Ilyas Akhmadov served as the Chechnya Foreign Affairs minister during the First Chechen War, where he fought against the Russian military.
The war was successful, but in 1999 the Russian military returned and quickly defeated the conventional Chechen forces.
Akhmadov fled to the United States in 2000 and was granted political asylum in 2004. Wanted in Russia for terror, his presence has been a sore spot for relations between the two super powers — who are both allies in the war on terror — for over the past decade.
Renowned as one of the greatest chess players of all time and given credit for breaking the Soviet chess empire after defeating several prominent soviet chess players, Bobby Fischer eventually went into seclusion after defeating world champion Boris Spassky in the "game of the century" in 1972.
After his victory, he became increasingly anti-Semitic and critical of America.
In 1992 he broke the UN embargo on Yugoslavia when he defeated Spassky in a 20-year rematch. Because the U.S. was embargoing Yugoslavia, Fischer committed a federal crime, and was wanted in the U.S.
Traveling around the world in seclusion, he was eventually arrested in Japan on an expired U.S. passport. He searched the world for a country to grant him asylum. After several months Iceland, where he won his 1972 world championship, agreed to give him full citizenship.
Fischer stayed in the country until his death in 2008.
The great train robber Ronnie Biggs was a notorious criminal. In 1963 he and his accomplices accomplished the greatest train robbery in British History, netting £2.6 million — $46 million in todays money — before being sent to jail.
However, Biggs escaped from prison and traveled to Brazil, where he very publicly lived, even writing a chart topping song and recording background vocals on two Sex Pistols tracks.
Eventually he voluntarily returned to England in 2001 after 36 years away where he served several years in prison. He was released in 2009 on compassionate grounds due to his ailing health.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden fled his home in Hawaii before he released to the press information on how several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs function. From there he fled to Moscow International Airport, where he was supposedly going to board a flight to a South American country for political asylum.
Snowden ended up spending over a month in the Moscow International Airport's transit zone as the U.S. battled with several world nations to have him extradited. However, Russia granted Snowden asylum, leading to icy relations between Russia's president, Vladimire Putin, and President Obama. That in part caused Obama to cancel a summit with the Russian president.