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On Oscar Sunday, Chechnya Rolls Out Red Carpet for Gerard Depardieu

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on February 25, 2013

Notorious plane tinkler Gerard Depardieu earned a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards for his brilliant portrayal of the title role in 1990’s Cyrano de Bergerac. He didn’t show up to see Jeremy Irons win.

1990 Best Actor

Twenty-two years later, Depardieu didn’t take part in Sunday night’s Oscars either, but someone did roll out the red carpet for him nonetheless.

After self-imposed exile from France over Socialism and high taxes, President Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship last month. On Saturday, Depardieu got himself a permanent residence in the city of Saransk (his address is now, no joke, 1 Democracy Street). And while everyone in Hollywood was all dressed up for the Seth MacFarlane Laughs At His Own Jokes Show, Gerard Depardieu was hanging out with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in the provincial capital of Grozny.

Gerard Depardieu, Ramzan Kadyrov
AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev

Ramzan Kadyrov, incidentally, is awesome at Instagram.



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