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Stateless sailor must stay aboard in Shanghai

A SAILOR named Stefan has found it hard to land in China - Shanghai immigration police rejected his application to land because he is "a man without nationality."

"It's a rare case," said police officials at Waigaoqiao port where Stefan's Singapore-registered ship is docked.

The man, in his 30s, used to be a citizen of Georgia but gave up his original nationality more than two years ago when he went to work in Russia, where he hoped to gain citizenship.

Stefan's dream was dashed when the two countries increased their regional disputes, and finally they broke diplomatic relations in 2008.

He has been traveling around the world using only a Georgia residence permit for identification.


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