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Depardieu collects new Russian passport

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.