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Mike Tyson News: Mike Tyson arrives in Moscow

Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 @ 16:13:19 UTC by tysonian
Source: RIA Novosti

Recently retired U.S. boxer and former World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson arrived in the Russian capital Monday night on a private visit.

Tyson's arrival provoked strong media interest, but the boxer avoided journalists and quickly headed to his hotel.

This is The length of his trip and his plans while in the country have not been announced.

Mike Tyson has asked for a meeting with Russian Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, or LDPR, Duma faction's press service said, Interfax reported.

Tyson's agent phoned the press service to announce the boxer's desire to meet Zhirinovsky, an LDPR official told Interfax.

"The LDPR leader agreed to meet Tyson, and a meeting will take place on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in the State Duma," the source said.

Later, however, the LDPR press service announced that Tuesday's meeting would take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Czech-themed restaurant "U Shveika," located near the Barrikadnaya metro station, in the center of the city.

Zhirinovsky expressed his condolences to Tyson about the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and suggested Tyson come to live in Russia. He went on to suggest that boxing matches could be held in Moscow and the two could socialize. He also promised to offer Tyson some of "his own green tea."

Former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson failed to turn up to a meeting Tuesday with leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

According to Zhirinovsky, who has a reputation as an extravagant politician and something of an ultra-nationalist, Tyson was not feeling well.

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