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French-Russian actor makes announcement after dancing and feasting with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Grozny

The French actor Gérard Depardieu, who received a hug and a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin last month, has announced he wants to make a film in Chechnya after dining and dancing with the Chechen leader.

Depardieu moved to Belgium last year to avoid a planned 75% tax on millionaires in France. Moved by the actor's plight, Putin granted him Russian citizenship. The two men were shown on state television shaking hands and hugging.

On Saturday the star of films including Cyrano de Bergerac and Green Card registered as a resident of Saransk, west Russia. The next day he flew to the Chechen capital, Grozny, and was shown on television at a dinner with the regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Pro-Kremlin Kadyrov has imposed an uneasy peace in Chechnya, where militants still fight to create an »

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