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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Dr. No's picture

"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.

Acet's picture

He's essentially being condescending on the subject of intelligence and self-control towards Depardieu and artists in general.

Pretty insulting IMHO.


BLOTTO's picture

Bobby Fisher



Racer's picture

LOL about the positioning of the O and his facial expression..

Looks like an angry bull about to charge

Bokkenrijder's picture

..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!

Aquarius's picture

Name a "State" or Regime these days that isn't corrupt to the core, please.

Okay, maybe Singapore.

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



GMadScientist's picture

We'll get you all gussied up for the cotillion shortly; you'll be the belle of the ball!

Raymond Reason's picture

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. 


Aquarius's picture


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."

Raymond Reason's picture

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. 

derryb's picture

sad state of affairs when one has to flee to Russia to escape socialism.

Aquarius's picture

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


Raymond Reason's picture

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. 

BobPaulson's picture

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?

Raymond Reason's picture

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. 

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

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.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

not Pakistan or India? The actual bombing is on Pakistan & they already have nukes. That can't be ignored.

lolmao500's picture

And when Pravda tells more truth in one article than the entire western MSM...

Americans never give up your guns

lakecity55's picture

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.

kridkrid's picture

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.

smiler03's picture

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 - it's much more balanced.

Samples of Timothy and Pravda: 

and a biography:

(buggered keyboard)

dobermangang's picture

Wait til Americans start swimming to Cuba.

GMadScientist's picture

And by swimming, I mean reversing the direction of their smuggling cigarette boats.

samcontrol's picture

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......

lakecity55's picture

If Vladimir was smart, he would offer a "Second Amendment" clause to the Russian Constitution.

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

bushwarcrime's picture

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.

smiler03's picture

+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.

GMadScientist's picture

A shoo-in for the Rasputin role.

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

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...

samcontrol's picture

good points !

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

lakecity55's picture

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.

tbone654's picture

There seems to be more tolerance for religon in Russia, than the USSA...

smiler03's picture

call shenanigans:


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

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.

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.

Hannibal's picture

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.

Monedas's picture

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 !

agent default's picture

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.

Monedas's picture

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 !

TuesdayBen's picture

It would not surprise me in the least to see within 10-20 years large numbers of Americans moving to Russia

agent default's picture

You mean defecting.  Don't have any illusions about the future of the West.

smiler03's picture

I thought you wrote "defecating", oops.

tbone654's picture

It's a tough language to learn, but I'm working on it...

DosZap's picture


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

sablya's picture

Durak.  Russia has all kinds of climates and some of the most intelligent and beautiful women in the world.

samcontrol's picture

It's not like he has a beach house in Brasil ;)

Rustysilver's picture

Under Peter the Great (?) the Russian had to pay a tax for having a beard. His looks like 5000 euros a year.

Acet's picture

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).



Acet's picture

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.