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Putin grants France's Depardieu Russian citizenship

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday granted fast-track citizenship to France's Gerard Depardieu after the movie star complained about the French Socialist government's proposed 75 percent tax on the rich. 

French actor Gerard Depardieu gestures during a photocall for the new Asterix film "Au service de Sa Majesté" (God Save Britannia) on October 1, 2012 in Berlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Depardieu fast-track citizenship after the movie star complained about his Socialist government's proposed 75 percent tax on the rich.

The decision appears to give Depardieu -- a frequent guest of the Moscow celebrity circuit who nonetheless never asked for a Russian passport -- the right to pay the 13 percent tax levied in Russia on everyone from billionaires to the poor.

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