President Putin grants Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship
epa03523404 (FILE) File picture dated 11 December 2010 shows French actor Gerard Depardieu (2-L) speaking with Vladimir Putin (2-R), then Russian Prime Minister, while visiting the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Others are not identified. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order granting Russian citizenship to Gerard Xavier Depardieu, says a report posted 03 January 2013 on official website of President of Russia, http://kremlin.ru/. In December 2012, Depardieu threatened to turn in his French passport in protest of a proposed tax hike on rich French citizens and obtained Belgian citizenship. EPA/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/RIA NOVOSTI/GOVERNMENT PRESS SERVICE/POOL MANDATORY CREDIT
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