Depardieu takes up residence in provincial Russia
SARANSK, Russia (AFP) - French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday formally registered as resident of the little-known Russian region of Mordovia, giving his residence as No. 1, Democracy Street.
In a grand ceremony in Mordovia's main city of Saransk that bore little relation to the average Russian's experience of local bureaucracy, Depardieu signed a form and had his passport stamped to formally become a resident.
The procedure was greeted by wild applause by the crowds crammed into the city's theatre to witness the procedure as the burly French megastar grinned broadly.
"Glory to Saransk, Glory to Mordovia, Glory to Russia!" he bellowed in celebration, in heavily-accented Russian.