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If Putin and others are to be believed, Edward Snowden has been airside in transit in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for close on a week now. Is there an international 'record' that anyone's done not being 'in a country' - but just airside in a terminal?

(The Tom Hank movie comes to mind, but I've no idea how much of that was accurate)

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Allegedly he can legally be there only 24-hours, as the airport's website states: "foreign citizens can stay in Sheremetyevo airport for up to 24 hours without a Russian visa". – vartec Jul 1 '13 at 12:57
@vartec I guess at some point they'll infer whether or not the Novotel hotel attached with its special 'transit' area counts or not :/ – Mark Mayo Jul 1 '13 at 13:33
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There's a good article to answer your question on the Washington Post website:

All those jokes comparing Snowden’s case to the Tom Hanks film “The Terminal”? They have a distinctly unromantic basis in the life of Iranian Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who lived in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years after Iran expelled him.

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