Gerard Depardieu Changes Residence in Russia After Tax Issues

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Gerard Depardieu

This summer, authorities in Mordovia claimed the actor owed back taxes.

Oscar-nominated French actor and Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu has registered himself in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, changing residence after authorities in Mordovia claimed he had failed to pay applicable taxes.

Local authorities in Novosibirsk confirmed that Depardieu is now registered in the city, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported.

The actor, who is currently on a visit in Novosibirsk, is expected to discuss cultural projects with regional authorities, according to RIA Novosti.

After obtaining Russian citizenship under president Vladimir Putin’s decree in January 2013, Depardieu was originally registered in the city of Saransk, the capital of the Mordovia region in Central Russia.

However, this past summer, Mordovia’s federal service of court marshals complained that Depardieu owed back taxes. The value of the actor’s debt’s to the regional budget was not disclosed, and it’s not clear at the moment what actions Mordovia’s authorities could take against him.

Under Russian laws, a debtor’s possessions could be confiscated as compensation, but Depardieu owns no assets in the region. The only property he owns in Russia is, reportedly, a luxury apartment in Chechnya’s capital Grozny, which was given to him by the regional dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.

Meanwhile, Depardieu has also recently faced controversy at home. In late summer, an unidentified actress filed a complaint accusing him of rape and sexual assault. The actor vehemently denied the accusations, while French prosecutors are reportedly looking into the case.

Depardieu was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1990 film Cyrano de Bergerac, which also brought him Cannes and Cesar honors.