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Depardieu signs to Chechen film

French actor Gerard Depardieu will star in a drama about a Chechen man who seeks revenge for the killing of his son.

The ruler of Chechnya, a southern Russian province, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been a gracious host to Depardieu, giving him an expensive apartment in the Chechen capital, Grozny, after the actor obtained Russian citizenship in January.

Depardieu - who quit his native France after complaining of how tax rates - said the drama, titled Turquoise, will be directed by French filmmaker Philippe Martinez and will also star British actress Elizabeth Hurley.

Chechnya, has been in the spotlight since it emerged that the suspects in April's Boston marathon bombing are ethnic Chechens.

The predominantly Muslim province was devastated by two separatist wars with Moscow, and its current Kremlin-backed ruler has been widely criticised for human rights violations.

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