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Putin Grants French Actor Gerard Depardieu Russian Citizenship

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 sbierman1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net

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