Gerard Depardieu Banned From Ukraine

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PARIS– French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted a Russian passport from Vladimir Putin in Jan. 2013, has been banned from entering Ukraine for five years.

The ban, ordered by the country’s culture minister Ivan Kirilenko and proclaimed by the national secret services, reportedly sanctions Depardieu for making public comments suggesting that he supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

Earlier this month, Kirilenko had revealed that Depardieu was blacklisted along with 117 prominent entertainment figures “who have spoken out in support of the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

Depardieu’s decision to become a Russian citizen two years caused a public backlash and diplomatic incident in France where he was accused of fleeing the country to avoid paying high taxes. The actor has however demonstrated his attachment to Russia throughout the years and routinely defends Russia’s international policies in the media.

At 66, the actor is still leading a dynamic career. His latest movie, Guillaume Nicloux’s “Valley of Love” world premiered in competition at Cannes, and he has been cast to topline “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French-language original drama series.

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  1. david t. krall says:

    Would you say the same if and when numerous famous rock stars and motion picture actors do the same around the world in relation to their taxes?….e.g. Famous Rock stars from England doing the same…or years ago. doing the same and coming out against the Vietnam War or other international events?…Besides the votes cast in the Ukraine last yea, last Feb. were monitored by many international organizations, including te UN as valid, in spite of the false impression as to what took place after that and the Crimea situation took place under the same type of monitoring…besides approx. at least 300, 000 people or more fled EAST NOT WEST,,,BUT EAST during all the tension, death and destruction during the recent Ukrainian crises, which many international organizations recognized as an international health and refugee crises…If over, or at least 300,000 people headed EAST and not west…the rest of the world knows something we don’t or or we don’t want to see or accept….
    and that direction of this size and wave of refugees is documented, even if not mentioned on or in US media outlets….

  2. Why should we worry about this fat f*ck? He already sold his French citizenship to save money on taxes. What does that say about the pathetic character of this man? Stay in Russia imbecile.

  3. Lisa says:

    Jeez-us. He should be banned from buffets.

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