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Depardieu takes residence on Russia's Democracy Street

French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday formally registered as resident of the little-known Russian region of Mordovia, giving his residence as No. 1, Democracy Street. In a grand ceremony in Mordovia's main city of Saransk that bore little relation to the average Russian's experience of local bureaucracy, Depardieu signed a form and had his passport stamped to formally become a resident.

Depardieu takes up residence in provincial Russia

French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday formally registered as resident of the little-known Russian region of Mordovia, giving his residence as No. 1, Democracy Street. In a grand ceremony in Mordovia's main city of Saransk that bore little relation to the average Russian's experience of local bureaucracy, Depardieu signed a form and had his passport stamped to formally become a resident.

Depardieu back in Russia to reside on Democracy Street

French actor Gerard Depardieu on Friday toured Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre as he visited his newly-adopted homeland of Russia before heading to the provinces to take up residence at his new address on "Democracy Street". Depardieu, who was granted a Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin after complaining at high tax rates in France, was set to spend Friday in Moscow before travelling 650 kilometres (400 miles) to the provincial city of Saransk to register as a resident of No. 1 Democracy Street (Demokraticheskaya Ulitsa).

Depardieu back in Russia to reside on Democracy Street

French actor Gerard Depardieu on Friday toured Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre as he visited his newly-adopted homeland of Russia before heading to the provinces to take up residence at his new address on "Democracy Street". Depardieu, who was granted a Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin after complaining at high tax rates in France, was set to spend Friday in Moscow before travelling 650 kilometres to the provincial city of Saransk to register as a resident of Democracy Street (Demokraticheskaya Ulitsa).

Depardieu back in Russia to reside on Democracy Street

French actor Gerard Depardieu was Friday visiting his newly-adopted homeland of Russia to meet the Orthodox Patriarch, open a cinema and visit his new address on "Democracy Street". Depardieu, who was granted a Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin after complaining at high tax rates in France, was set to spend Friday in Moscow before travelling 650 kilometres to the provincial city of Saransk to register as a resident of Democracy Street (Demokraticheskaya Ulitsa).

French actor Depardieu sides with Putin, criticises opposition

MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - French actor Gerard Depardieu, recently awarded Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, has praised the former KGB spy and said his political opponents offer no real alternative. Depardieu, who has been accused in France of abandoning his homeland to avoid a proposed 75 percent tax for millionaires, told the state-run Rossiya-24 television that Putin personified Russia's complex and fascinating national character.

UPDATE 2-Depardieu skips court to set up Strauss-Kahn role

* Larger-than-life actor already in spotlight over tax * Could face two years in jail over drink-driving case * Montenegro woos Depardieu for cultural ambassador post * Another actor, Kassovitz, also seeks fiscal exile (Adds Depardieu comments in Montenegro, Kassovitz seeking exile) By Alexandria Sage

Depardieu skips French court to prep for Strauss-Kahn role

* Garrulous actor already in spotlight over tax row * Drink driving case will now go to full trial * Could face up to two years in prison By Alexandria Sage PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - French film star Gerard Depardieu failed to show up in court to face drink driving charges on Tuesday because he was preparing to play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said.

UPDATE 3-Putin makes French film star Depardieu a Russian

* Actor is high-profile campaigner against tycoon tax * Depardieu applied for passport after Putin comments - Kremlin * Hollande redrafting tax law after ruled unconstitutional (Adds reaction from media, politicians, background) By Alexei Anishchuk and Megan Davies MOSCOW, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star whose decision to quit his homeland to avoid a tax hike prompted accusations of national betrayal.
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