icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Ukraine blacklists US boxer Roy Jones Jr. over Crimea visit & request for Russian passport

Ukraine blacklists US boxer Roy Jones Jr. over Crimea visit & request for Russian passport
A day after legendary US boxer Roy Jones Jr. briefly met President Putin during his Crimea visit – and asked for a Russian citizenship – the 46-year-old champion has been placed on Ukrainian black list of “traitors”, “separatists” and “terrorists” with Kiev threatening him with a criminal case.

“American boxer Roy Levesta Jones was included into the ‘Peacemaker’ database as a violator of the state border,” Ukrainian MP and Interior Minister’s top adviser Anton Gerashchenko wrote on his Facebook page.

READ MORE: US boxer Roy Jones Jr. asks for Russian passport over cup of tea with Putin in Crimea 

But Ukraine’s authorities did not stop there as Gerashchenko wants to open a “criminal case” against the athlete-turned-rapper and actor under Article 332-1 for illegally entering the “territory of Ukraine.”

“In order to attract worldwide attention, especially from the American public, I turned to the head of the SBU with my deputy mandate to open a criminal case under Article 332-1 against US citizen Lavesta Roy Jones for violating the state border of Ukraine,” Gerashchenko wrote.

Following Crimea’s referendum and accession into the Russian Federation last year, Ukraine adopted Article 332-1 to try and prohibit foreign citizens frome entering Crimea, which is now under Russian jurisdiction. Violators are threatened with imprisonment of up to eight years, if the “crime” is committed repeatedly by an “organized group” ... apparently, even tourists.

Jones, who is in Sevastopol this weekend to take part in a boxing show, crossed the border “illegally,” insisted Gerashchenko. Furthermore, the top adviser in the Interior Ministry claimed that Jones was paid a “certain sum of money” by the Russian authorities to “promote” Vladimir Putin’s working visit to the region.

READ MORE: Putin goes to Crimea – but where’s the Western outrage?

At the same time, the Ukrainian politician noted that famous French actor Gerard Depardieu was “wise enough” to turn down “repeated attempts by the Russian authorities to invite him to Crimea for his favorite pastime – winemaking and alcoholism.” Depardieu was apparently lucky to avoid a criminal case against him in Ukraine, as the actor is already on Kiev’s black list.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.