23:21  +04,  December 27, 2012

Olympic champion receives Armenian citizenship

Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic champion Varderes Samurghashev, who is also president of the wrestling federation of Russia’s Rostov Oblast (Region), became a dual citizen and received Armenian citizenship.    

During the official ceremony that was organized by Armenia’s Consulate in Rostov-on-Don, Consul General Ararat Gomtsyan read Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s respective decree and, subsequently, handed Samurghashev a Republic of Armenia passport, Yerkramas newspaper of the Russian Armenians reports.      

In his turn, the famous athlete said receiving Armenian citizenship is one of his most memorable events in the passing year.  

“I was born and raised in Rostov-on-Don, but I am Armenian, and that says it all,” Varderes Samurghashev stated.

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