Actor Sheen moving to Latvia in return for investment

Bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen, ex-star of the hit American television sitcom Two and a Half Men, is moving to Latvia to take advantage of a citizenship-for-investment plan touted by politician Ainārs Šlesers.

That’s the April Fool’s Day claim of the Chicago Latvian website

Šlesers, head of the For a Good Latvia! (Par labu Latviju!) party, in early March proposed that Latvian citizenship be granted to anyone who invests at least EUR 1 million in the country. In an interview with Latvian Independent Television, Šlesers suggested that up to 10,000 individuals could become citizens through the investment program, netting cash-strapped Latvia a total of EUR 10 billion.

That much is true.

However, in a posting that appeared March 31, Editor Artis Inka used previously published quotes from Sheen interspersed with mock questions to create a story suggesting the actor is moving to Latvia. Sheen, who has received quite a bit of media attention in the United States for his erratic and insulting behavior, has been fired from the television show.

“Do you have a message for the people of Latvia?” the website asked the actor.

Sheen replied: “You’re either in my corner, or you’re with the trolls.”

This is not the first time has had some fun with Latvian-related news. Last year the site suggested that an aide to President Barack Obama—Michael Strautmanis, the adopted son of Čikāgas piecīši founding member Juris Strautmanis—would be running for election in Latvia. In 2008, the website reported that the Latvian center Gaŗezers in Michigan would be the place where the Democratic Party would select its presidential nominee.

Charlie Sheen

Actor Charlie Sheen is moving to Latvia, claims website in an April Fool’s Day story. (Publicity photo)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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