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Gerard Depardieu compares Putin with Pope John Paul II

Depardieu received his new citizenship during a dinner with Putin in January. Photo: AFP

French actor and newly minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu yesterday compared President Vladimir Putin with the late Pope John Paul II and said the ex-KGB agent was what Russia needed as a leader.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 8:39am

Briefs, January 9, 2013

Argentina's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: AFP

Second inquest returns same Winehouse ruling

9 Jan 2013 - 4:18am

Gerard Depardieu meets Vladimir Putin after receiving Russian passport

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes the French actor to his residence in Sochi, where they shared a meal on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Hollywood actor Gerard Depardieu, who has threatened to quit France to avoid higher taxes, received a Russian passport yesterday and an offer of residence in a central Russia region known for Stalin-era Gulag labour camps.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:41am

French actor Gerard Depardieu gets Russian passport, meets Putin

Actor Gerard Depardieu (left) and Vladimir Putin shared a meal at the Russian president's residence. Photo: EPA

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 Putin, who earlier granted him citizenship, at the Russian leader’s residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Russians mock Gerard Depardieu's citizenship

French actor Gerard Depardieu (left) speaks with Vladimir Putin during a meeting in St. Petersburg in 2010. Photo: Reuters

Russians reacted yesterday with amusement, disbelief and a heavy dose of irony to the news that the Kremlin has granted citizenship to French actor Gerard Depardieu to solve his tax woes.

In a letter broadcast on Russian television, the actor declared his love for President Vladimir Putin and called Russia a "great democracy".

5 Jan 2013 - 6:34am

Gerard Depardieu ‘pleased’ after he gets his own Green Card from Putin

French actor Gerard Depardieu with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a recent meeting in St Petersburg. Photo: Reuters

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has announced he wants to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes, said on Thursday he was pleased after President Vladimir Putin granted him Russian citizenship.

4 Jan 2013 - 11:33am

French star Deneuve defends Depardieu in tax exile row

French actress Catherine Deneuve vehemently defends Gerard Depardieu's decision to become a tax exile in Belgium. Photo: AFP

Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve launched a strong defence of Gerard Depardieu on Friday, calling a virulent critic of her fellow thespian’s bid for tax exile a petty-minded pygmy.

21 Dec 2012 - 9:16pm

Briefs, December 18, 2012

Sidi Bouzid residents protest against Marzouki. Photo: AFP

Schools locked down due to dubious person

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Briefs, December 17, 2012

Officials count ballots at a Cairo polling station. Photo: AFP

Islamists claim victory in Egypt referendum

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Shock at French actor Gerard Depardieu's tax exile in Belgium

French actor Gerard Depardieu

French politicians reacted with dismay after it emerged the country's leading actor, Gerard Depardieu, has taken up the role of tax exile in neighbouring Belgium.

It was confirmed on Monday that he has taken up residence in Nechin, a tiny village just over the border in Belgium which is a favoured spot for wealthy French nationals.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:38am

La France

La France Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Depardieu Director: Serge Bozon

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Depardieu returns to theatre

French movie star Gerard Depardieu (above) returned to the French stage for the first time in 13 years, playing a guilt-ravaged emperor in a murder-mystery written by a former presidential adviser and European bank president.

16 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Cinema centenary

TODAY is the 100th birthday of cinema, one hundred years exactly since the Lumiere brothers showed the first motion picture to impressed Parisians at the Grand Cafe.

28 Dec 1995 - 12:00am