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Gerard Depardieu ´pleased´
to become Russian citizen

BBC News, by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/3/2013 11:02:55 PM

Actor Gerard Depardieu has hailed Russia´s decision to grant him citizenship, following a tax row with the government in his native France. In an open letter, he said he loved Russia, calling it "a great democracy". Mr Depardieu had recently announced he would give up his French passport after the government criticised his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes. Moscow earlier said President Vladimir Putin had personally signed the decree granting the actor Russian citizenship.(Snip) Mr Depardieu, described by Mr Putin as a successful businessman and friend, has developed close ties with Russia, which has a flat 13%

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Thirteen percent tax on income and no death tax in Russia, while we have income taxes who knows how high and what appears to be a 55% grave-robber tax. We´ve gone through the looking glass.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 1/4/2013 12:06:57 AM     (No. 9097552)

Gerard is one of my favorite actors--he is good or great in every role, and he has been in more than 1000 films.

But seriously GD, Russia?

I´ve been to Russia. Some great tourist sites and beautiful buildings--especially the Orthodox churches--but it is a corrupt, dirty, mean and uncivilized country.

That´s not an insult, by the way, it is a proud part of the vast nation´s history. It is still feudal and autocratic--and they seem to like it that way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FormerDem, 1/4/2013 12:20:04 AM     (No. 9097569)

13% flat tax! That would be the way to reduce crookedness in Congress, if they couldn´t make money by jiggling the tax code. Plus all the twists and turns in the economy from tax shelters. etc.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steveW, 1/4/2013 12:56:20 AM     (No. 9097590)

A Frenchman goes Galt in Russia, while the US goes all Wesley Mouch. Before we know it, Hank Reardon is going to disappear..

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/4/2013 3:25:44 AM     (No. 9097637)

Being rich and famous sure makes it easy to cut through the red tape! My dad tried moving there with his Russian wife but getting citizenship isn´t so easy for regular folks. I´m glad it didn´t work out though. If it had, I probably would never have seen him again. Amazing how a former communist country, that is moving back towards communism under Putin, has lower taxes than we do!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/4/2013 3:53:31 AM     (No. 9097651)

Interesting times we live in...Russia and China now more capitalist than the US, and a communist regime in the White House...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: beamer, 1/4/2013 5:51:15 AM     (No. 9097711)

Hey Zippy! Do you hear that 13%? If it is good enough for them, maybe you should consider it? Does it include phones? No? Are they still your goal?

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