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Gerard Depardieu granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin

Gerard Depardieu now has Russian citizenship, courtesy of President Vladimir Putin, who Thursday delivered on a promise made a couple of weeks ago. Russia's main state-run TV station broadcast an open letter reportedly from the "Green Card" star (via the BBC), saying, "I filed a passport application and I am pleased that it was accepted. I love your country, Russia -- its people, its history, its writers. I love your culture, your intelligence." The actor is well-known in Putin's country. "You have to understand that Depardieu is a star in Russia," Vladimir Fedorovski, a Russian writer living in France, told the network Europe 1 on Thursday. "There are crowds around Depardieu. He's a symbol of France. He's a huge ambassador of French culture." Full story: Gerard Depardieu granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir PutinEPA