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French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu lashed out against U.S. culture, calling it “too aggressive,” at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday and adding that he “adores” his Russian passport.
“I have never wanted to be a U.S. citizen,” he was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency RIA Novosti. “That’s totally out of the question. They have a very aggressive culture. And I don’t like U.S. films.”
“If the Europeans stop listening to the Americans, it will only do good,” he went on to say. “And I adore my Russian passport. I feel very Russian inside.”
Depardieu added that he dreams of buying an apartment in Moscow and, “probably, a house near the lake Baikal” to spend some time in Siberia.
Depardieu was granted a Russian citizenship in January 2013 by President Vladimir Putin‘s decree. He was also given an apartment in Saransk, the capital of Mordovia in central Russia, alongside a permanent residence, and another one in the Chechen capital Grozny.
The actor has repeatedly expressed support for the Kremlin, including Russia’s policies towards Crimea and Ukraine, which recently led to a ban on entering Ukraine.
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