Depardieu collects new Russian passport

French actor Gerad Depardieu speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin
French actor Gerard Depardieu speaks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Sochi Credit: RIA Novosti / Reuters

The French actor Gerard Depardieu has met with the Russian President Vladmir Putin to personally collect his new passport.

The 63-year-old star has taken up Mr Putin's offer of Russian nationality as he seeks to avoid paying new taxes in his native country.

Last year he bought a home in the Belgium town of Nechin in an apparent attempt to avoid the new top rate of tax.


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