Gérard Depardieu Becomes Happy Rich Russian Man

January 7, 2013 | Marina Galperina

Aw, famous actor Gérard Depardieu! Don’t want to pay France’s really rising taxes on the rich? No matter. Come, come to Russia’s sleepy charming city of Saransk and enjoy their now-famous 13% income-tax… and that’s just the advertised rate. Ask ’em about their specials, wink wink.

Depardieu officially became a Russian citizen yesterday and happily, because “Depardieu said he admires Russia for its history and great artists.” Yes. That.

Since waging a public huffing war against the French Socialist government’s proposed 75% (whoah) tax rate on the very, very rich, Depardieu was all like, fuck it, I’m going to Russia, I hear rich people are treated very well over there. And Russia was all like, fuck yeah! The burley gentleman has been welcomed with open arms, a personal lunch in the Sochi winter resort with President Putin himself, a free apartment, a “job” offer of cultural minister, fawning press coverage and cats.

He is thi-i-i-i-is happy.

(Photo: English Russia)