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French actor Depardieu takes up Russia residency

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  • French actor Gerard Depardieu speaks Friday at the opening ceremony of the Illusion movie theater after its restoration in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship last month and Saturday he registered as a permanent resident of the city of Saransk.

      French actor Gerard Depardieu speaks Friday at the opening ceremony of the Illusion movie theater after its restoration in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship last month and Saturday he registered as a permanent resident of the city of Saransk.
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MOSCOW -- French actor Gerard Depardieu has a new permanent address in Russia.

Depardieu had sought Russian citizenship as part of his battle against a proposed super tax on millionaires in France. President Vladimir Putin granted him a Russian passport last month, and on Saturday he got it stamped with his address in the provincial city of Saransk.

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Saransk is a city of 300,000 about 640 kilometers (400 miles) east of Moscow, known for its 18th-century churches. Depardieu was registered in an apartment belonging to his friend's relatives.

Showing his knowledge of Russian history, Depardieu likened himself to Yemelyan Pugachev, the chief of a peasant rebellion of the 18th century, saying: "I am like Pugachev: I am a peasant, and I want to be tsar of Saransk," according to Russia Today television.

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