Gerard Depardieu granted Russian citizenship

2013-01-03 12:07

Moscow - Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who has been sparring with his native country over taxes, has been granted Russian citizenship.

A brief announcement on the Kremlin website said President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant on Thursday.

Depardieu is angered by French President Francois Hollande's attempt to raise taxes on the mega-rich to 75%. Russia has a flat income tax of 13%.

A representative for Depardieu declined to say whether he had accepted the offer and refused all comment.

Turn over French passport

Depardieu has made more than 150 films, among them the 1991 comedy Green Card about a man who enters into a marriage of convenience in order to get US residency.

Depardieu said in an open letter published in mid-December that he would turn over his passport and French social security card.

Hollande wants to tax incomes of the ultra-rich at 75% to reduce the debt and deficit, and Depardieu's subsequent decision to move to tax-friendly Belgium was slammed by Hollande's government.

"I'm a true European, a citizen of the world," Depardieu wrote in the letter.

The tax on millionaires was struck down by France's highest court 29 December, but the government has promised to resubmit the law in a slightly different form soon.

Depardieu was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Cyrano de Bergerac in the 1990 film by the same name.

He's well known in Russia, where he appears in an ad for Sovietsky Bank's credit card and is prominently featured on the bank's home page.

France's Civil Code says one must have another nationality in order to give up French citizenship because it is forbidden to be stateless. Thursday's decision by the Kremlin appears to fulfill that requirement.


  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2013-01-03 13:35

    75% is madness...

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-01-03 13:44

    If the Europeans actually worked for once the financial crisis wouldn't be as bad!

  • Simon Chabuka - 2013-01-03 19:17

    75percent is too much

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-03 19:32

    Cant blame him, on the 25% income you have left you pay 20% vat when you spend it.

  • john.calitz.3 - 2013-01-04 00:25

    If you have a job in South Africa your personal income tax is between 18-50%. On everything you buy is a 14% tax. Your local authority taxes is around 10-20%. Most of our automobiles are imported a 30-45% import tax plus a 14% VAT tax. In France you get social security free education, free medical care, old people are looked after by the state. What do you get in South Africa for the taxes you pay? In South Africa for a reasonably rich man all (direct and indirect)taxes could be as high as 80-90% what to you get from the state in return?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-04 04:47

    . Shame, its the ONLY way the Russians can get any foreigner to take out their citizenship. What a pathetic bunch of a.sholes !!!

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