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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tyson in Moscow to Strike a Deal With Vodka Company

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Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be conducting negotiations for a deal with Ukrainian vodka maker Nemiroff during his stay in Moscow, a Nemiroff spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Tyson, who arrived in Moscow on Monday as part of a European tour that included stopovers in Turkey and Ukraine, will negotiate with the vodka maker regarding a possible endorsement, Nemiroff spokeswoman Natalya Konovalova said Tuesday.

Konovalova declined to elaborate on any details of the potential deal between Tyson and the company, which is a prominent boxing sponsor.

Konovalova said she knew neither how long Tyson would be in Moscow nor his itinerary, noting that he arrived on a private visit.

Wearing a Nemiroff stocking cap, Tyson was shown on NTV television Monday night entering the Ararat Park Hyatt hotel. On his arrival, a middle-aged woman walked up to him, handed him a bouquet of flowers and hugged him.

Liberal Democratic Party head Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Tuesday afternoon that the former champion had agreed to meet with him at the Czech-themed restaurant U Shveika, but that Tyson was a no-show. It was unclear if the meeting was a publicity stunt in connection with Zhirinovsky's recent announcement that he would lead the LDPR ticket, along with his wife, in the Moscow City Duma elections set for December.

Zhirinovsky denied the accusation, saying Tyson simply wasn't feeling well and accusing people close to the boxer of demanding money for the meeting.

"They should be paying me," Zhirinovsky said outside the restaurant Tuesday. Neither Tyson nor people accompanying him on his trip could be reached for comment Tuesday.

The visit is Tyson's second to Moscow. In 1988, he arrived for the opening of the Soviet Union's first golf course, where he was joined by Brazilian football legend Pele, who also made an appearance.