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Gérard Depardieu: I Deeply Love Russia and Admire Vladimir Putin

Жерар Депардье на пресс-конференции в рамках Берлинского кинофестиваля рассказал о своем новом фильме. Французский актер также поделился впечатлениями о России, ее жителях и президенте Владимире Путине.

During Berlin Film Festival Gérard Depardieu talked about his new film. He also shared his impressions of Russia, Russians and President Vladimir Putin.

Translation

Gérard Depardieu: I don’t just have a romance with Russia. I deeply love her. When I am abroad, I feel as a true Russian. With the kind of president we have in France there is no surprise I feel more Russian than French. You can’t even compare the two. I don’t want to talk about politics, I am indifferent towards it, but I immeasurably respect President Putin and what he is doing, and I truly respect the Russian people.

I’m not trying to offend the French intellectuals, including my friends, who often criticize me. But I don’t care. I am the best judge of how I feel, what I see and how I live. In Russia there also are certain people who are against me and who are unhappy how easily Vladimir Putin gave me the Russian passport. Primarily, it is those who call themselves ‘pro-Western liberal opposition.’

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