6 January 2013, 11:39

Putin meets Depardieu in Sochi

Putin meets Depardieu in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed French actor Gerard Depardieu in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to hand him a Russian passport, Putin`s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.

He added that Mr. Depardieu has been visiting Russia ‘on a private trip’.

The actor announced he was seeking Russian citizenship after the French government criticized his decision to move abroad to avoid 75% taxes.

Depardieu did not change his mind even after the tax decision was cancelled.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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