Skip to comments.Russia's Mordovia Woos New Citizen Gerard Depardieu
Posted on 01/07/2013 12:02:48 AM PST by nickcarraway
The Russian region of Mordovia has invited French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received his Russian passport.
Governor Vladimir Volkov said he could choose an apartment or a place to build a house, Interfax news agency reported.
Mordovia is best known for its Stalin-era gulag prison camps.
Mr Depardieu has taken Russian citizenship after the French government criticised his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes.
The BBC's Daniel Sandford, in Moscow, says even today harsh prisons are Mordovia's principal employer.
One of the convicted members of the punk band Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova - is serving her sentence there.
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He should move to Sochi. The weather is warmer than Moscow, and there is plenty of wine in the region!
What happened to Belgium ?
They underbid ?
Depardieu is no stranger to the Chechen capital, having visited in October for City Day, which happens to be celebrated on Kadyrov's birthday. Video from the event shows him shouting from a vast stage in Russian: "Glory to Grozny! Glory to Chechnya! Glory to Kadyrov!" - Depardieu's ties to ruthless Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov