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In his first major interview on Russian TV since being granted Russian citizenship, Gerard Depardieu criticized the country's opposition and female punk band Pussy Riot. “The Russian opposition has no program, nothing,” the French actor, who has expressed his admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin, told a news show on the state-run channel Rossiya 24 late Sunday. “There are some very smart people, like [World Chess Champion Garry] Kasparov, but that is only good for chess. That’s it. But politics is a lot more complicated.” He also went on to criticize Pussy Riot and defend Russian authorities'

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