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French actor Depardieu meets Putin, picks up Russian passport

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French film star Gerard Depardieu, wearing a local costume, shows his passport during a ceremony in the town of Saransk in the Mordoviya Republic, southeast of Moscow, January 6, 2013. Depardieu received a hug from Russia's President Vladimir Putin and a new Russian passport on Sunday after abandoning his homeland to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires. REUTERS/Yulia Chestnova

French film star Gerard Depardieu, wearing a local costume, shows his passport during a ceremony in the town of Saransk in the Mordoviya Republic, southeast of Moscow, January 6, 2013. Depardieu received a hug from Russia's President Vladimir Putin and a new Russian passport on Sunday after abandoning his homeland to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires. REUTERS/Yulia Chestnova
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Sochi January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Sochi January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool
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French actor Gerard Depardieu gestures during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

French actor Gerard Depardieu gestures during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Sochi January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with French actor Gerard Depardieu during their meeting in Sochi January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Pool
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