Depardieu flies to Russia, may receive passport

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (r), and French actor Gerard Depardieu (l)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (r), and French actor Gerard Depardieu (l), St. Petersburg, Russia (AP Photo)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says French actor Gerard Depardieu has flown to Sochi, where he is likely to meet with Putin and receive a Russian passport.

Putin on Thursday approved the actor’s application for Russian citizenship, causing a scandal in France, whereDepardieu has been fighting a proposed 75 percent income tax on the superrich.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the state RIA Novosti news agency as saying Depardieuarrived Saturday in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and could meet with Putin on Saturday evening.

Peskov said “it cannot be excluded that during the meeting Depardieu could receive a passport.”

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