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Comrade Depardieu: France's Most Famous Millionaire Expat Granted Russian Citizenship

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Thirty years ago, the USSR was better known as the "Evil Empire." Fast forward to today, when its successor Russia, is apparently the "Tax Free Empire", and less socialist than France, at least to infamous millionaire expatriate Gérard Depardieu, who as reported previously has paid €145 million in taxes over 45 years, and who demonstratively decided to give up his French passport in the wake of France's socialist 75% millionaire tax (subsequently ruled unconstitutional), and as of today, has just been granted Russian citizenship.

From AFP, pretty much in its hilarious entirety

Gérard Depardieu, the French actor who has waged a battle against a proposed super-tax on millionaires in his native country, has been granted Russian citizenship.

A brief announcement on the Kremlin website revealed that President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant on Thursday.

The former Oscar nominee and star of the movie “Green Card” has been vocal in his opposition to French President François Hollande's plans to raise the tax on earned income above €1-million ($1.33-million) to 75 per cent from the current high of 41 per cent.

“I have never killed anyone, I don't think I've been unworthy, I've paid €145-million in taxes over 45 years,” Mr. Depardieu wrote in an open letter in mid-December to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who had called the actor “pathetic.”

“I will neither complain nor brag, but I refuse to be called `pathetic,” Mr. Depardieu wrote in his response.

A representative for the former Oscar nominee declined to say whether he had accepted the Russian offer and refused all comment. Thursday was a holiday in Russia and officials from the Federal Tax Service and Federal Migration Service could not be reached for comment on whether the decision would require Mr. Depardieu to have a residence in Russia.

Mr. Depardieu said in his letter to Mr. Ayrault that he would surrender his passport and French social security card. In October, the mayor of a small Belgian border town announced that Mr. Depardieu had bought a house and set up legal residence there, a move that was slammed by the newly-elected Socialist government.

Though the two-year tax was struck down by France's highest court Dec. 29, the government has promised to resubmit the law in a slightly different form soon. On Wednesday it estimated that the court decision to overturn the tax would cost it €210-million in 2013.

Mr. Depardieu has made more than 150 films, among them the 1991 comedy “Green Card” about a man who enters into a marriage of convenience in order to get U.S. residency. Most famously, Mr. Depardieu was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Cyrano de Bergerac in the 1990 film by the same name.

The Kremlin statement gave no information on why Mr. Putin made the citizenship grant, but the Russian President expressed sympathy with the actor in December, days after Mr. Depardieu reportedly said he was considering Russian citizenship.

“As we say, artists are easily offended and therefore I understand the feelings of Mr. Depardieu,” Mr. Putin said.

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And now we have a new goal in life: to see the day Warren Buffett hands over his US passport and becomes a resident of Nizhny Novgorod, dressed in a shuba and driving a Lada 1600.

In the meantime, here is Depardieu conveniently dressed as Rasputin:

 

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Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:52 | 3118291 firstdivision
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Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Russian mafia/government will fleece him of all his wealth in less than a year.  Most idiotic move ever.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:53 | 3118303 TheGermanGuy
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Probably. Still better than France

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:00 | 3118310 firstdivision
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Much better locations to choose to ex-pat to than Russia.  Russian mafia is quite greedy and will hunt you down wherever you are.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:13 | 3118362 GetZeeGold
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So will the mafia in America.....just saying.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:17 | 3118374 fourchan
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DePardieu

France

 

which is truely pathetic?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:29 | 3118412 jekyll island
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How can a crappy actor like him make so much money?  THAT is the real question here.  France needs to get them one of those central banks like they have in the US, that would help take care of their problem.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:16 | 3118598 old naughty
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Red passports, hummmmmmmmmmm.

May be Hollywood will empty out?

Bravo, Hopp-it.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:43 | 3118672 NoDebt
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Wait, question here.  Did he ACCEPT it or is it merely an OFFER from Putin?  I'm a little fuzzy on this.  Forgot to take my crazy pills today.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:54 | 3119191 phyuckyiu
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Lets see, 15% flat tax on everything, skinny white chicks not infected with feminism, one of the last countries advocating anything Christian.... Let me get back to you.

 

Ok I'm done thinking, where's my Grey Goose BITCHEZ.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 20:15 | 3120514 MiguelitoRaton
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Accept Russian citizenship, live elsewhere, pay no tax. The US is the only country that taxes foreign earnings (subject to a minimum threshold like $95K or something). Can the last rich person in France turn out the lights when they leave it to the largely Muslim immigrants?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:49 | 3118711 Ratscam
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i love them red passports with a white cross on them, hmmmmmmm

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:48 | 3118932 SilverRhino
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I think the 13% income tax and low cost of living is pretty nice actually.   

You just have to learn Russian (which can be a bitch) 

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:52 | 3118720 samcontrol
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I would love to see one of your award winning actors do a movie in French...how can you say he is a bad actor ? Have you EVER seen one of his films in French or you just saw the BS you are fed?
So much haters on this site , you critize just for the sport, in your particular case who the fuck are you to give your opinion on acting ?

: sports betting....
I will take this opportunity to go completly out of wak topic. I love sports betting, only on major events i like . I ususally travel to watch how my bets unwind. I have been to the last rugby and 3 soccer world cups, i know it doesn't mean much to americans but it's a big thing.
In South Africa in the second stage(knockout rounds) leading to the final i got every game right exept GANA- USA. I thought you guys had grown football wise but no....Anyway , i made loads of $ and trip of a lifetime.
My biggest win was getting top scorer in New Zealand, i got 14/1 on 10k. Lost half in the FINAL ,that i saw LIVE and in TEARS how France was stolen that final. I'm still not over it.
My most consistant bet, world rally championship, won five of those in a row now. I would look into it...
I know this is Chinese to most of you, so i'll talk English. IRISH/ TIDE. I will go with the slight underdog, and since last time they where relevant i was living in the US, i like them.

Not to mention my father sent me to some PADDLE trigger happy fathers and sisters in Saint Lawrence catholic school, Tampa. Thank you for that marvelous education. Off topic there , sorry , add...
Any betters out there ? ,, besides stocks ;)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:19 | 3118831 Graph
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Being a productive member of society as you are no wonder that you are smitten with actors.

As a world traveler you should now go to Russia and wash his undies - I think that you would feel honored to do that.

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:34 | 3118886 samcontrol
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i'm not productive , just fruits..
i don.t like him , he treats women like shit, not the point.
you want a go ..? .stop tickling my g point.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:02 | 3119236 phyuckyiu
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Congratulations, I take it you are the new Tourette's Syndrome victim that SSI called us about. We were told to be nice to the new employee, no fun beating up retards ya know.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:59 | 3119461 samcontrol
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i have add , don't know what SSI is, i have no employer and you couldn't beat me up in a hundred tries. my iq is 138 , not genuis but probably making you the retard if we compared. still tickles MF.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:23 | 3118877 AgAu_man
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He was in a LOT of movies?

But riddle me this: How can someone like Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) make $60,000,000 a year? Now scale that to Depardieu's career length, and she is a multi-billionaire!?

And there are plenty of other Hollywood "actors" who made/make amazing incomes that boggle the mind.

And then there's the irony & hypocrisy that Mitt Romney paid little to no taxes for the years preceding the ones he disclosed.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:10 | 3120840 smiler03
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$60 million a year doesn't necessarily make you a billionaire. Besides, she's probably rich because lots of stupid Americans watch her on TV. 

Gérard Depardieu has not surprisingly appeared predominantly in French films, they don't have anything like the box office turnover of English language films.

I hope that riddles you.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:43 | 3118465 Raymond Reason
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Got news for you.  The Russian mafia are communist Jews, and are being systematically driven out.  Most end up in New York and Israel...and other places where Christians are not welcome.   

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:04 | 3119246 phyuckyiu
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Russia: the last Christian country. No joke.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:35 | 3119399 Raymond Reason
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Serbia is probably the most devout of the few remaining, hence the never ending financed persecution. 

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:59 | 3129199 e-recep
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not if you are that close to putin.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:03 | 3118331 TotalCarp
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Classic.. I actually wonder if he did ask for it or they just sent a red passport over to him just for the hell of it..

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:41 | 3118461 Roandavid
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Not.  Nether Mr. Depardiu nor his money will ever reside in Russia and as a result both will be unavailable for fleecing.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:53 | 3118296 magpie
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yeah yeah yeah, Back in the EUdSSR

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:53 | 3118299 fonzannoon
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I thought Warren Buffet's secretary would be the one handing over her passport first?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:55 | 3118308 williambanzai7
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DEPARDIEU SHRUGGED

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:57 | 3118313 otto skorzeny
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actually better looking than the real one

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:19 | 3118379 fourchan
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ayan rand + harvy kitel= depardieu

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:37 | 3118654 gmrpeabody
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Classic...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:57 | 3118747 LetThemEatRand
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And just as "productive" as the real one.

So basically people who made a lot of money entertaining people don't want to pay taxes because that will make them less "productive."  Now I get it.

 "I've never actually built any railroads, but I read an Ayn Rand fiction novel last night and acted in some movies so...."

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:21 | 3119596 Matt
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What do you think is the maximum acceptable tax rate? 99%? 99.99%? Should wealthy people, once wealthy, work for free?

FFS, he paid 85% of his income last year out as taxes in one form or another. Are you advocating slavery?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:50 | 3118712 BobPaulson
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is he dressed as a Kardassian in Deep Space Nine there? Great makeup work there.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:56 | 3118309 Jason T
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One day, I want that kind of beard.. that is mint

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:01 | 3118324 otto skorzeny
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"His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man's entire body"-The Most Interesting Man In the World

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:56 | 3118311 debtor of last ...
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Je depart, adieu.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:57 | 3118312 Chuck Norris
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I am very jealous of his beard

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:05 | 3118340 Mad Mohel
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So is the Bernank.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:19 | 3118378 Dr. No
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Chuck Norris jealous of something???  2013 will not be good.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:03 | 3118315 Mad Mohel
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Spitting image of Grigori Rasputin, the Mad Monk.

 

Edit: Found out he played him in a movie. Must have gotten lost in the role and never made it back to reality.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:01 | 3118323 homersimpson
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Hmm.. taking citizenship in a country known to steathily eliminate all that go against the establishment. This guy isn't the brightest bulb. I'm sure Sergei Magnitsky, if he was still alive, would have given Depardieu a huge pimp slap with his elbow fully extended for thinking of this nonsense.

Not a wise move, man! Doh!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:07 | 3118349 Dave Thomas
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If only he read the Sovereign Man's blog!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:18 | 3120863 smiler03
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Hmmm, Simon only recommends chile, peru, georgia, switzerland, singapore, mongolia, kosovo, new zealand, monaco and hong kong. He could probably fill a roulette wheel with suggestions.

 

No letter "c" unless I opy and paste, my Dell keyboard is fuked.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:57 | 3118532 agent default
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"Hmm.. taking citizenship in a country known to steathily eliminate all that go against the establishment. "  Didn't know the US also made him an offer.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:02 | 3118325 Yes_Questions
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“As we say, artists are easily offended and therefore I understand the feelings of Mr. Depardieu,” Mr. Putin said.

Why does this statement stand out?


 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:03 | 3118329 williambanzai7
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Putin is an artist himself.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:07 | 3118348 Yes_Questions
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Let's hope he gets the eyes better than Adolf.

;-

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:04 | 3118339 BlueCollaredOne
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Pussy Riot?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:06 | 3118342 otto skorzeny
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I have one of those every time my wife won't give me some.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:10 | 3118356 Dr. No
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"Easily offended"??????  $145M over the years is only considered minor slight in the eyes of Mr. Putin?? I would love to roll with his homies for a weekend.  Imagine the stories.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:34 | 3118889 Acet
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He's essentially being condescending on the subject of intelligence and self-control towards Depardieu and artists in general.

Pretty insulting IMHO.

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:42 | 3118915 lakecity55
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Rabbit Power!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 10:55 | 3121878 Acet
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Here, have a carrot.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:02 | 3118327 BLOTTO
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Bobby Fisher

.

checkmate.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:03 | 3118330 Racer
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LOL about the positioning of the O and his facial expression..

Looks like an angry bull about to charge

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:09 | 3118352 Bokkenrijder
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..and int the man time, anone in Russia that has any (ligit or illigit) money tries to get get a residence / citizenship abroad...

Depardieu will be fleezed by a regime that's corrupt to the core!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:17 | 3118373 Aquarius
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Name a "State" or Regime these days that isn't corrupt to the core, please.

Okay, maybe Singapore.

Screw the "state" - we need "Societies".

 

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:40 | 3118456 GMadScientist
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We'll get you all gussied up for the cotillion shortly; you'll be the belle of the ball!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:56 | 3118526 Raymond Reason
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What you call "corrupt to the core" is what our government tells you is corrupt, but is actually an effective defense against govt.  Russians are farther down the road of hosting parasites, and have learned how to deal with them.  Corrupt layers of bureaucracy cannot be dealt with honestly.  Hence the honorarium (bribe) system, and black market. 

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:25 | 3118628 Aquarius
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Apologies,

but what I call corrupt is the "scientific" measure based on my values and screw the government.

My values are Universal values such as honour, integrity, valour, honesty, respect, courage, compassion and other such "Principles".

Bureaucracy is a fundamental of corruption, a priori.

But the greatest corrupter is the "collective".

"All that needs to be said, has been said."

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:28 | 3118861 Raymond Reason
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I'm with you man, developing virtues is the meaning of life, and the way we should all deal with our families, friends, fellow parishioners, business acquaintences, etc.  My question is, how do you deal with a theif in the night?  One must fight fire with fire, as Russians and many other cultures do. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:13 | 3118360 derryb
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sad state of affairs when one has to flee to Russia to escape socialism.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:22 | 3118386 Aquarius
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H'mmm, indeed,

Lenin, Trotsky, Schmidt, Stalin and also Marx, are all still fresh in my mind. Damn, am I really that old, as it all just seems like yesterday?

Economic Theory - LOL - and ~500 Milllion murdered in 100 years. Excellence!

Ho hum

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:05 | 3118561 Raymond Reason
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There were two antagonistic communist factions in the USSR that lived on and thrive today elsewhere.  The Stalinists took over the Democratic Party the US years ago, and the Trotskyites are known to us today as Neocons. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:02 | 3118759 BobPaulson
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I don't even think any of them have any philosophocal grounding any more at all. It's all just a grand mud wrestle sausage making mess now. Complexity and media diven mind control killed politics a few decades ago. Now we are just waiting for the Titanic to slide beneath the waves so we can have a big war and restart the cycle.The war starts when the power curves of decending US cross acending China. Ten more years? Twenty?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:54 | 3118942 Raymond Reason
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I agree when looking at the tools in DC, it looks like a sausage making mess.  But behind the mud wrestling is a well developed communist ideology, as exposed by Ezra Pound, Joseph McCarthy, Eustace Mullins and others, that is alive and well today.  The Neocons are in fact, communists in fascist clothing, as were the Nazis in wwii.  Take heart though, the foundering Titanic is hurting the proletariat, but killing commies. 

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 09:55 | 3126836 MeelionDollerBogus
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All McCarthy exposed is his own lawlessness & how easy corruption of the state is for the means of personal vendetta. I can't believe you didn't use /sarc, aren't MillionDoucheBonus_ and wrote that. You may as well add Libertarians to the list for all your comment was worth.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 09:53 | 3126834 MeelionDollerBogus
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not Pakistan or India? The actual bombing is on Pakistan & they already have nukes. That can't be ignored.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:28 | 3118408 lolmao500
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And when Pravda tells more truth in one article than the entire western MSM...

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_...

Americans never give up your guns

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:39 | 3118450 GMadScientist
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What guns? ;)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:40 | 3118897 lakecity55
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Sad to say, all of mine were recently stolen.

I suspect the assholes buried them way out in the woods in waterproof tubing for later sale.

I am down to a Louisville Slugger.

 

The Kentucky Rifle was the Assault Weapon of its day.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:02 | 3118549 kridkrid
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Great article. I'm not at ll surprised to find more truth in Pravda than American MSM. I believe Al Jazeera provides more truth as well. It would be easier to not have to think this way, but that would mean not thinking.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:38 | 3120927 smiler03
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I sort of agree with you but Pravda has an English/Portugese journalist called Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey (a clearly stupid English format of surname - double barrelled) who is quite entertaining with his blatant hatred of the UK and the US. 

Look out for him, he's hilarious when he's on a rant. ZH used to have somebody like him who would take no criticism, Bob Brusca? Leo?...  somebody like that. Anyway, Timbo might occasionally be right but I prefer www.rt.com - it's much more balanced.

Samples of Timothy and Pravda:

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/12-12-2012/123145-stupidity_...

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/27-12-2012/123317-syria_terr... 

and a biography: http://simplyjews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/timothy-bancroft-hinchey-vs-fuk...

(buggered keyboard)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:36 | 3118440 dobermangang
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Wait til Americans start swimming to Cuba.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:42 | 3118467 GMadScientist
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And by swimming, I mean reversing the direction of their smuggling cigarette boats.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:58 | 3118749 samcontrol
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that is how i felt when i was moved to South America...the thing is my father was three decades ahead of Depardieu and most of you,, i just followed his path of government financial rape. Don't need to tell Bernake and the rest to fuck off, we did that long ago......

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:36 | 3118893 lakecity55
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If Vladimir was smart, he would offer a "Second Amendment" clause to the Russian Constitution.

"Move to Russia, Get AK-47 as Bonus!"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:27 | 3118405 bushwarcrime
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I love this shit.  He didn't take any citizenship.  It was "offered" by the Tsar as a propoganda coup,  so that this kind of drivel could be spread by nincompoopery outlets.  But according to the comments here he's already accepted Russian citizenship, which he has not. Fools.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:44 | 3120937 smiler03
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+1 and we need more of your type to prove that ZH is not infallible. Well said. The sheep like voting of ZH readers is quite scary, very scary actually considering that they believe ZH is the only place to find the truth. 

ZH readers don't like facts, unless they fit with their beliefs.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:38 | 3118448 GMadScientist
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A shoo-in for the Rasputin role.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:46 | 3118469 Aurora Ex Machina
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In case you missed it: just like the USA, you cannot rescind your French nationality legally without a replacement (i.e. you cannot become State-less). This was Russia offering him dual Nationality, thus allowing his move to Belgium & to legally ditch his French status, as a thankyou for his services to certain banks there. See here.

 

Depardieu hasn't accepted (as of now), and even if he accepted, he wouldn't be moving to Russia. (Although, having dual Russian Nationality is useful for doing business there, and not so hard to obtain; cuts down on visas at least).

 

Do try to keep up people...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:09 | 3118783 samcontrol
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good points !

i'm stll french legally.... let them come and get me.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:34 | 3118884 lakecity55
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So, it could be more construed he is being offered a chance to do business in Russia w/o penalizing taxes.

I, too, see many USA Serfs moving to Russia.

My reservation is that they are one side of a pincers movement by the "NWO" to satisfy one side of the problem/problem/offer a solution scheme.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:11 | 3119010 tbone654
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There seems to be more tolerance for religon in Russia, than the USSA...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:59 | 3120982 smiler03
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call shenanigans:

 

The majority of Americans (73%) identify themselves as Christians and about 20% have no religious affiliation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_the_United_States

Out of a population of 143 million the survey found that 41% areRussian Orthodox, 6.5% are Muslims, 4.1% are unaffiliated Christians,1.4% adhere to other Orthodox Churches. I suspect the others have brains and have no religion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Russia

The UK allegedly has many christians but hardly any of them go to church except for births, marriages and deaths. 

Another massive difference between Americans and Brits is that we don't go round offering and asking people to pray all the time and we don't think the Earth is 3000 years old.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:53 | 3118508 Hannibal
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Know what happen when self defense of your life and property is illegal.
Let Feinstein know she is in dishonor of her congressional oath to defend and protect the US COnstitution.
https://www.popvox.com/bills

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:57 | 3118522 Monedas
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Every Capitalist country will be made Socialist .... and vice versa .... Socialists don't throw in the towel when they've been proven wrong .... they turn the world inside out to perpetuate their lying lives !

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:59 | 3118538 agent default
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Funny lines asside, with news like this I get the feeling an Iron Curtain is descending and we are on the wrong side of it this time around.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:02 | 3118543 Monedas
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We will be punished severely for exposing Socialism's lies .... we will be forced to live them !  There is one constant .... freedom must be contained !

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:08 | 3118572 TuesdayBen
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It would not surprise me in the least to see within 10-20 years large numbers of Americans moving to Russia

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:31 | 3118641 agent default
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You mean defecting.  Don't have any illusions about the future of the West.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 23:01 | 3120988 smiler03
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I thought you wrote "defecating", oops.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:13 | 3119025 tbone654
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It's a tough language to learn, but I'm working on it...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:40 | 3118661 DosZap
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Depardu,'

Must be an idiot, he could have gotten citizenship in a tropical clime w/his coin.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:54 | 3118736 sablya
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Durak.  Russia has all kinds of climates and some of the most intelligent and beautiful women in the world.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:11 | 3118792 samcontrol
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It's not like he has a beach house in Brasil ;)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:47 | 3118694 Rustysilver
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Under Peter the Great (?) the Russian had to pay a tax for having a beard. His looks like 5000 euros a year.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:43 | 3118914 Acet
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It seems everybody has forgotten the actual contents of Gerard Depardieu's recent letter ...

He himself states that he won't talk about the real reason to leave France but later mentions the decay of France and how his son was jailed for 3 years on a conviction for drug possession.

Methinks Depardieu's departure has a lot more to do with the decadence of France's social, justice and political systems (and remember, the War On Drugs was imported from the US) than "Socialism". Certainly most artists I know are far more likelly to favour the kind of policies that the American Neo-con faction in ZH calls "socialist" than to be against them (then again, all artists I know are poor).

 

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:08 | 3119256 Acet
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Downtick me if you want, but the point still stands that the man if far more likelly to be pissed off because his son went to jail for 3 years for possession for consumption of drugs (a stupid law whose logic boils down to "jailing people to protect them of themselves") than because of the wealth tax.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:58 | 3118957 AgAu_man
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New Year's Resolution #5: Stop responding to ZH trolls who cannot addresses a posting's core issue but feel compelled to make personal attacks, uninformed comments and Jon-Stewart-wannabe quips (fishing for up arrows?)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:09 | 3119002 samcontrol
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do i count if i'm fishing for red arrows....?
because i can't go for green because if i had a boat i would not have an accident with it!

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 23:18 | 3121022 smiler03
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+1 Mr/Mrs Silver/Gold but.... in that case you won't fit in very well here. Hypocrisy, intolerance, irrelevance, ignorance and character assassination are the core beliefs of the median ZH poster. Some Trolls exhibit far more intelligence than the average backward die hard Dem/Rep voter. Just sayin', as they say.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:08 | 3118996 tbone654
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Obama's Soviet Mistake
19.11.2012 15:23

By Xavier Lerma

Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.

After Obama was elected in his first term as president the then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2009. Ignored by the West as usual, Putin gave insightful and helpful advice to help the world economy and saying the world should avoid the Soviet mistake.

Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war is with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way.

Putin said regarding the military,

"...instead of solving the problem, militarization pushes it to a deeper level. It draws away from the economy immense financial and material resources, which could have been used much more efficiently elsewhere."

Well, any normal individual understands that as true but liberalism is a psychosis . O'bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like "fast and furious" and there is still no sign of ending it.  He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.  Obama's fools and Stalin's fools share the same drink of illusion.

Reading Putin's speech without knowing the author, one would think it was written by Reagan or another conservative in America. The speech promotes smaller government and less taxes. It comes as no surprise to those who know Putin as a conservative. Vladimir Putin went on to say:

"...we are reducing taxes on production, investing money in the economy. We are optimizing state expenses.

 The second possible mistake would be excessive interference into the economic life of the country and the absolute faith into the all-mightiness of the state.

There are no grounds to suggest that by putting the responsibility over to the state, one can achieve better results.

Unreasonable expansion of the budget deficit, accumulation of the national debt - are as destructive as an adventurous stock market game.

During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself."

President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing to destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama. They read history in America don't they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda.

"We must seek support in the moral values that have ensured the progress of our civilization. Honesty and hard work, responsibility and faith in our strength are bound to bring us success."- Vladimir Putin

The red, white and blue still flies happily but only in Russia. Russia still has St George defeating the Dragon with the symbol of the cross on its' flag. The ACLU and other atheist groups in America would never allow the US flag with such religious symbols. Lawsuits a plenty against religious freedom and expression in the land of the free. Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law.  

Let's give American voters the benefit of the doubt and say it was all voter fraud and not ignorance or stupidity in electing a man who does not even know what to do and refuses help from Russia when there was an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead we'll say it's true that the Communists usage of electronic voting was just a plan to manipulate the vote. Soros and his ownership of the company that counts the US votes in Spain helped put their puppet in power in the White House. According to the Huffington Post, residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the Unites States. We'll say that these Americans are hostages to the Communists in power. How long will their government reign tyranny upon them?

Russia lost its' civil war with the Reds and millions suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Russians survived with a new and stronger faith in God and ever growing Christian Church. The question is how long will the once "Land of the Free" remain the United Socialist States of America?  Their suffering has only begun. Bye bye Miss American Pie!  You know the song you hippies. Sing it! Don't you remember? The 1971 hit song by American song writer Don McLean:

"And, as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage.

No angel born in Hell could break that Satan's spell

And, as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite, I saw...
Satan laughing with delight the day the music died

He was singing, bye bye Miss American Pie

Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry

Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing...

This'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die

So, the question remains:

How long will America suffer and to what depths?

 

Xavier Lerma

Contact Xavier Lerma at xlermanov@swissmail.org

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:19 | 3119305 Almost Solvent
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Let's start launching ICBMs and see what happens. Shit gotta get real sometime.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 09:04 | 3126796 MeelionDollerBogus
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"Lawsuits a plenty against religious freedom and expression in the land of the free. Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law"
America is lawsuit-heavy but those who are most ignorant demanding the most Facist (not communist) behavior of Obama are in fact Christians. The atheists who are the most sensible are tired of being attacked by Christians for being something else and are willing to LEAVE, further bankrupting the state, if their freedom can not be respected. To date it HAS NOT been respected, that's why lawsuits have been (over) used.

Feel free to be Christian but to make it the over-arching power across the state is to disrespect EVERYONE ELSE & there's lots of people now who are NOT Christian & have every right NOT to have bibles 'n' christ-prayers shoved in their faces.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:10 | 3119006 Rick Blaine
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Wow...assuming that photo of him is after his move to Russia, he's taking this shit seriously.

He looks like he's getting for a production of Fiddler on the Roof or something...

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 23:20 | 3121026 smiler03
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You're right but he failed the audition when he tried to sing the line.... "If I were a rich man"

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:39 | 3119110 lincolnsteffens
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The world truly has gone up side down. 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 23:21 | 3121029 smiler03
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Sudden Polar Shift is so 2012, relax this year.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:33 | 3119385 bugs_
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Go east young man.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 21:03 | 3120501 walcott
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American bitches. Roseanne Barr on Oprah (2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEEGWDIpuxw

 

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 21:02 | 3120512 walcott
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 21:05 | 3120684 walcott
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First coverage of Chernobyl disaster on Soviet TV, April 1986 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PytcgdPuTI

Dianne "Frankenstein" Feinstein Gun ban in 1995 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXkl9YVoHo

 

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