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    Depardieu Sides With Putin

    FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 file photo Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and French actor Gerard Depardieu, left, attend the Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg. Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who has been sparring with his native country over taxes, has been granted Russian citizenship. A brief announcement on the Kremlin website said President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant on Thursday Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

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    French actor Gerard Depardieu is singing the praises of controversial Russian President Vladimir Putin and blamed opposition for not having a political program. "I like this man very much, he is a very powerful political activist. He has political wisdom," he said of Putin, according to a translation on a Russian TV channel. "The Russian opposition has no program, nothing. There are very smart people there, like (former world chess champion Garry) Kasparov, but what works well for chess is completely unsuited to politics." The French actor was recently granted Russian citizenship from Putin after leaving France to avoid a proposed 75 percent tax on millionaires and his comments have quickly drawn ire from opposition activists in Russia, where recent crackdowns on dissent are incrasingly concerning for the global community.

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