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Crimea 90210: Regional Head Envisages Luxury Living in Russia's New Riviera

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Crimea's head Sergey Aksyonov has reportedly invited celebrities from around the world to settle on the sunny Crimean Peninsula, where he said a Beverley Hills-like city may be created in the future.

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In a special address, the head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, has urged world-famous actors, musicians and athletes to obtain Russian citizenship and come to the Crimean Peninsula, where they could live in what Aksyonov said may one day become the Russian analogue of Beverly Hills, according to media reports.

In his open address, Aksenov specifically pointed to the ever-increasing number of world celebrities who are eager to become citizens of Russia, including prominent US boxer Roy Jones Jr., leader of the American rock band Limp Bizkit Fred Durst and French actor Sami Nasser, widely known for his film Taxi.

Many wealthy, prominent people from the West have been drawn to Russia, in no small part because of its 13 percent income tax rate and negligible real estate taxes.

"If the distinguished representatives of show business and sports, as well as other celebrities will want to settle in Crimea – you are welcome," Aksyonov said.

"We will hail the peninsula being turned into a place where an analogue of America's Beverly Hills will eventually appear," he added.

Aksyonov assured the celebrities that they will face no administrative hurdles if they decide to opt for permanent residency in Crimea.

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The heads of Crimean residential communities, for their part, said that they are ready to grant plots of land to the celebrities on beneficial terms.

They also expressed hope that the celebrities will take part in PR campaigns to promote a positive image of Crimea around the world.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Roy Jones Jr., who was named by the US Boxing Writers Association 1990's "Fighter of the Decade".

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