Russian offer for Depardieu

ACTOR Gerard Depardieu has been granted Russian citizenship after vowing to avoid the new top earners’ tax rate planned by French President Francois Hollande.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to the “Cyrano de Bergerac” star.

Depardieu, 63, bought a house in Belgium last year to avoid the mooted French tax rate, which would levy 75 per cent on those with yearly incomes over €1m.