Roy Jones Jr. Officially Granted Citizenship in Russia

President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr.

The former four-division champion asked the president for a passport when they had tea in Crimea recently.

The Kremlin on Saturday released a decree granting citizenship to Jones, who had met Putin in August while visiting the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

The 46-year-old Jones won “world” titles in four weight categories before branching out into music and acting.

At his meeting with Putin, Jones told the president he loved Russia and a passport would make it easier for him to visit regularly.

Putin replied he would be glad to fulfil his request "if you intend to link a significant part of your life with activities in Russia."

Promoter Vladimir Hryunov, who works with Jones in Russia, later said his protégé would not renounce US citizenship.

Russia has a history of granting citizenship to flamboyant Westerners, including French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was handed a Russian passport in 2013 after he lambasted France's tax laws.

"I feel very popular in this country, like Michael Jackson in America," Jones said after asking Putin for a passport. "Russians' attitudes inspire love. That's why I want to be with these people."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by anonymous2.0 on 09-13-2015

Yeah? Next thing you know Comrade Roy will be wearing a Russian winter hat with a red star on it... But nah, full power to Roy keep doing what you feel is best for you. Even if it makes you…

Comment by Eastcoast on 09-12-2015

This pisses me off so much after all those years when Roy refused to travel to Germany/Poland to fight Michalzewski.

Comment by komandante on 09-12-2015

Putin is a gangter. :popcorn:

Comment by Corelone on 09-12-2015

The tax man will break you to keep you in place, while the rich pay little if any tax. The fact that taxes aren't fair and convoluted promotes evasion. If you get a chance to cheat, they make sure you…

Comment by Ray* on 09-12-2015

[QUOTE=radioraheem;16041731]He's a dual citizen, meaning the IRS can try to grab his US assets or US based income. Remember he still does things like US based commentating. He can definitely cheat if he wants though. But him getting Russian citizenship…

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