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Russian President Vladimir Putin must be a big fan of "Cyrano de Bergerac" or just really love scooters, because he has granted French actor Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship. Depardieu is seeking to leave France because of a planned 75 percent tax on French residents making over 1 million euros that Socialist President Francois Hollande is looking to impose on the country.

Reuters reports that a spokesperson for the Kremlin has confirmed Depardieu applied for Russian citizenship in December. This comes after Putin told reporters at a news conference, "If Gerard really wants to have either a residency permit in Russia or a Russian passport, we will assume that this matter is settled and settled positively."

This isn't the only location the 63-year-old is considering. He reportedly is also thinking of moving to Belgium, where he already has a house, or to Montenegro, where he owns a business. Russia has a flat income tax rate of 13 percent, »

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