Published December 20, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered 'Green Card' actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport.
"If Gerard really wants to have a residency permit in Russia, or a Russian passport, we can consider this issue resolved positively," Putin said in a press conference Thursday.
Depardieu said earlier this week that he was giving up his French passport and becoming a Belgian citizen because of France's new tax rate on the rich. Depardieu has already made a Belgian town just minutes from the French border his legal residence.
"I understand the feelings of Gerard Depardieu, but even though he said... that he considers himself a European, a citizen of the world, I know for a fact, since we have a very friendly, personal relationship, that he considers himself a Frenchman," Putin said.
The French newspaper Le Monde also quoted Depardieu saying "Putin has already sent me a passport."
But a rep for the Russian president told Agence France Press that Putin was "most likely he was joking".