French actor Depardieu gets Russian home address
MOSCOW (AP) - French actor Gerard Depardieu got a new permanent address in Russia - 1 Democracy Street - on Saturday, adding a final touch to his quest to get Russian citizenship.
After receiving his Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin last month, Depardieu had it stamped with the new address in Saransk, a city of 300,000 about 640km east of Moscow.
The actor has been at the centre of a heated debate over tax exiles as France's Socialist government proposes a hefty tax on the rich, but he has denied that he accepted the passport to escape the taxman.
Saransk is the provincial capital of the Mordovia region, home to a sprawling web of Soviet-era prison camps, where one of the members of the Pussy Riot band is serving her two-year sentence for an irreverent "punk prayer" against Putin.