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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AgAu_man's picture

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?)

samcontrol's picture

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!

smiler03's picture

+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.

tbone654's picture

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

Almost Solvent's picture

Let's start launching ICBMs and see what happens. Shit gotta get real sometime.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

"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.

Rick Blaine's picture

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...

smiler03's picture

You're right but he failed the audition when he tried to sing the line.... "If I were a rich man"

lincolnsteffens's picture

The world truly has gone up side down. 

smiler03's picture

Sudden Polar Shift is so 2012, relax this year.

bugs_'s picture

Go east young man.

walcott's picture

American bitches. Roseanne Barr on Oprah (2011)

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

 

walcott's picture

 

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