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BBC News - Russia's Mordovia woos new citizen Gerard Depardieu

The Russian region of Mordovia has invited French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received his Russian passport.

Governor Vladimir Volkov said he could choose an apartment or a place to build a house, Interfax news agency reported.

Mordovia is best known for its Stalin-era gulag prison camps.

Mr Depardieu has taken Russian citizenship after the French government criticised his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes.

The BBC's Daniel Sandford, in Moscow, says even today harsh prisons are Mordovia's principal employer.

One of the convicted members of the punk band Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova - is serving her sentence there.

The actor boarded a flight to Mordovia's snow-covered main city, Saransk, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where he also received his passport.

Waving the new document, he was welcomed to Saransk by women wearing national costumes and served blini - traditional pancakes. He was also presented with a pair of felt boots and two kittens

Nothing to add. You cannot make this stuff up.

In other news,
BBC News - Gerard Depardieu meets Putin, receives Russian passport

Mr Depardieu went on to describe Russia as "a great democracy, and not a country where the prime minister calls one of its citizens shabby".

Nah, they send tax avoiders to the gulag, mate.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 7th, 2013 at 04:54:34 AM EST
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With respect: Russia?
Is Bermuda full? Monaco too loud?
Fear of flying?

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Mon Jan 7th, 2013 at 10:13:56 AM EST
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Putin and Depardieu feed each other's ego and media presence.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jan 7th, 2013 at 10:16:17 AM EST
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Ah.
Should be lose-lose, then.


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Mon Jan 7th, 2013 at 10:54:31 AM EST
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