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Depardieu gets Russian passport, meets Putin

Published on Jan 6, 2013 5:01 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Sochi on Jan 5, 2013. French film star Depardieu arrived in Russia on Saturday to meet President Putin, who granted him citizenship after a public spat in France over his efforts to avoid a potential 75 per cent income tax. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who says he is quitting his homeland to avoid higher taxes for the rich, has received a Russian passport and met with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Depardieu met Mr Putin, who earlier granted him citizenship, at the Russian leader's residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday, Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP.

But Mr Putin did not personally deliver the document to the actor during what was "a short meeting," Mr Peskov said.

Depardieu "was handed his passport," Mr Peskov said without providing detail.

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