Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 May 2015

Depardieu to meet Russian leader

Gerard Depardieu is in Russia and may leave with a Russian passport after being granted citizenship
Gerard Depardieu is in Russia and may leave with a Russian passport after being granted citizenship

French actor Gerard Depardieu has flown to Sochi where he is likely to meet with President Vladimir Putin and receive a Russian passport.

Mr Putin approved the Green Card actor's application for Russian citizenship on Thursday, causing a scandal in France, where Depardieu has been fighting a proposed 75% income tax on the super-rich.

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the state RIA Novosti news agency as saying Depardieu arrived on Saturday in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and could meet with the president straight away.

Mr Peskov said "it cannot be excluded that during the meeting Depardieu could receive a passport".

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