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Russia: Boxer Roy Jones Junior signs citizenship request01:29

Russia: Boxer Roy Jones Junior signs citizenship request

Russian Federation, Yalta
August 20, 2015 at 18:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

American boxer Roy Jones Jr. wrote an application for the Russian citizenship during a press-conference in Yalta, Crimea, on Thursday.

According to Jones he needs to get the document "to become an active citizen of Russia" and this step will help him "to reduce the gap between the two countries."

The sportsman asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to give him a passport during their meeting which took place on August 19 in Sevastopol.

Putin promised the boxing star that his request would be accepted if Jones Jr. were to spend a significant part of his time in Russia.

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American boxer Roy Jones Jr. wrote an application for the Russian citizenship during a press-conference in Yalta, Crimea, on Thursday.

According to Jones he needs to get the document "to become an active citizen of Russia" and this step will help him "to reduce the gap between the two countries."

The sportsman asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to give him a passport during their meeting which took place on August 19 in Sevastopol.

Putin promised the boxing star that his request would be accepted if Jones Jr. were to spend a significant part of his time in Russia.

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