Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order granting French actor Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship, according to a statement posted on the Kremlin website today.
Depardieu is moving to Belgium to flee taxes imposed on the wealthy by Socialist President Francois Hollande. A spokeswoman for the actor declined to comment.
To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Bierman in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at email@example.com