Gerard Depardieu receives a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin

Putin earlier granted citizenship to Depardieu after the French movie star said he was quitting his homeland to avoid paying a new millionaires' tax
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Putin's residence in Sochi on January 5, 2013. Putin earlier granted citizenship to Depardieu after the French movie star said he was quitting his homeland to avoid paying a new millionaires' tax. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) talks to French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Putin's residence in Sochi on January 5, 2013. Putin earlier granted citizenship to Depardieu after the French movie star said he was quitting his homeland to avoid paying a new millionaires' tax. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French actor Gerard Depardieu gestures talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Putin's residence in Sochi on January 5, 2013. Putin earlier granted citizenship to Depardieu after the French movie star said he was quitting his homeland to avoid paying a new millionaires' tax. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A bus drives by a commercial billboard showing French actor Gerard Depardieu in St. Petersburg on 6 January 2013. Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who threatened to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes for the rich, has received a Russian passport and met with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on January 6. Depardieu met Putin, who earlier granted him citizenship, over a meal at the Russian leader's sumptuous residence in the palm-dotted Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has threatened to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes, shows off his new Russian passport on January 6, 2013 at Mordovia airport in Saransk where he has been offered residence in this central Russia region known for Stalin-era Gulag labour camps. The former Oscar nominee travelled to snow-covered Mordovia a day after he met with strongman President Vladimir Putin at his sumptuous Black Sea villa in the resort town of Sochi for friendly banter over a meal. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has threatened to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes, shows off his new Russian passport on January 6, 2013 at Mordovia airport in Saransk where he has been offered residence in this central Russia region known for Stalin-era Gulag labour camps. The former Oscar nominee travelled to snow-covered Mordovia a day after he met with strongman President Vladimir Putin at his sumptuous Black Sea villa in the resort town of Sochi for friendly banter over a meal. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A close up of French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has threatened to quit his homeland to avoid higher taxes, showing off his new Russian passport on January 6, 2013 at Mordovia airport in Saransk where he has been offered residence in this central Russia region known for Stalin-era Gulag labour camps. The former Oscar nominee travelled to snow-covered Mordovia a day after he met with strongman President Vladimir Putin at his sumptuous Black Sea villa in the resort town of Sochi for friendly banter over a meal. (AFP/Getty Images)