In a Facebook post published on Tuesday, Depardieu is shown with a snapshot of himself holding a sheet of paper with the hashtag #NoRussiaNoGames. The actor's gesture of support comes ahead of Tuesday's expected meeting of the executive board of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, to decide whether Russian athletes will be allowed to participate in next year's games.
Russian officials are concerned that the IOC Executive Board may rule against Russia, resulting in the partial or complete ban on Russian athletes from the games, amid trumped up charges of Russian violations of anti-doping violations.
Last month, the IOC stripped Russia of its first place finish in Sochi, depriving the Russian national team of 11 medals and issuing lifetime bans for several of its top-performing athletes. President Vladimir Putin has since said that the IOC is under strong external pressure to humiliate Russia, a major winter sport power, either by preventing its participation in the Olympics entirely, or by forcing Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag.