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Depardieu Becomes Russian-?!

119362408_depardieu_371501bIn a strange twist of fate, as other Russians are maligned for being dual citizens and seeking out ways to flee the Motherland, French actor Gerard Depardieu flocks to the forlorn land.  When President Putin handed the actor his very own Russian Passport, reaction was mixed, from peasants hailing him, to Russian filmmakers villifying him.

The most outspoken was Stanislav Govorukhin, Putin’s chief of staff during the presidential elections, a parliamentarian and long-time film director.

“Just another drunk,” he said. “I don’t like ingratiation with foreigners. Of course, this is trickery.”

Govorukhin may be thinking of one of Depardieu’s film roles, where he plays a French waiter trying to get a Green Card in 964e8__65055306_4order to stay in America.  He has a paper marriage with an American woman who needs to be married in order to secure her apartment in a swank building, and the two go to extreme lengths to make the ruse work, meanwhile detesting each other.

But Depardieu is intent on proving his love for all things Russian, vowing to learn the language and revel in its people and culture.

Not to mention revelling in Russia’s low taxes compared to France’s.  I mean, a flat 13% income tax (Russia) versus 75% income tax on everything over $1.3 million/one million Euros (France’s proposed new rate, up from 41%).  That we understand.  However, it’s not so simple.

07.1n008.depardieu.C--300x300Obviously, no Russian tax advisor spoke with the aging actor.  The Russian rate would apply solely to income earned there, not brought in from abroad, and he would need to live at least half of every year in Russia in order to establish his residency.

Alexandra’s advice?  (Since he didn’t ask for it.)

“Nee spehsheetyeh, Gerard, nee spehsheetyeh” (Don’t hurry).

This is real life, not a film, so plan your moves wisely.  You may want to be adopted, but Russia may not be the right place for that.



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6 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Cassandra says:

    There are words in Russian for people like Depardieu. Podkhalim and podonok are two that come to mind.

  2. avatar Linda says:

    On an unrelated note, have you heard about Russia saying that if UK and France accept gay marriages, it’s going to be harder to for people from UK & France to adopt from Russia.
    They have also been talking about this law that would make it possible to adopt only if the country has a own agreement with Russia. Right now only Italy and France have that.

    • avatar admin says:

      I believe it, Linda. For years, US gays have been adopting from Russia just by not mentioning any partners in their homestudy. But a gay marriage? No. The Kremlin is cracking down on anything and anyone gay.

      Hmmm…. I don’t think Depardieu is gay at all, but is he married? Maybe he needs… a Russian bride! 🙂

    • avatar Cassandra says:

      Homophobia is another of Putin’s cards that he plays for a red herring to focus hatred on outsiders and “others,” tell the people how superior and beleagered are Russians. That way they won’t notice that their own internal problems are just getting worse and instead of solving them, the government is robbing them blind…

      • avatar admin says:

        Yep, that’s for sure, Cassandra. It’s just such an “old” approach to find the common “enemy”. I believe any country can make any kind of rules and laws it wants, but at the expense of demonizing others?

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