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Gerard Depardieu highlights his pride over Russian citizenship

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Gerard Depardieu highlights his pride over Russian citizenship

French actor Gerard Depardieu has underlined his delight at becoming a Russian citizen in an opulent advertising campaign.

Depardieu, 65, has endorsed Swiss watch manufacturer Cvstos' 'Proud to be Russian' line of timepieces.

The new watches feature Russia’s crest of a double-headed eagle in red gold.

Depardieu said he was handing back his French passport in 2012 after becoming embroiled in an argument with the government. He moved to Belgium amid plans by Francois Hollande’s administration to introduce a 75% tax on those earning over 1m euros.

He was given Russian citizenship in 2013 after the intervention of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Prolific actor Depardieu, who made his name in films including Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac, later defended Putin. He said the Russian opposition “has no programme; it has nothing”.

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