Jan. 4, 2013
The Web site of the Russian TV station Pervyi Kanal displays a picture of actor Gerard Depardieu alongside a letter by the actor, translated into Russian. Depardieu confirmed yesterday that he had applied for a Russian passport and said he was “pleased” to have been granted citizenship by President Vladimir Putin. “Yes, I filed a passport application and I am pleased that it was accepted. I love your country, Russia — its people, its history, its writers,” he said in an open letter broadcast on Pervyi Kanal, following a highly publicized quarrel with French authorities over their proposal to increase the tax rate for millionaires to 75 percent.