January 4, 2013

Depardieu to Russia, But Most Wealth Is Leaving

Robert Frank, CNBC

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is a master of the grand media gesture.

Whether it's amassing a crowd of supporters or flying in a glider to safely guide an endangered species of crane, Putin knows the value of a good p.r. stunt.

And so comes news that Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the oversize French thespian who is fleeing France because of its high taxes.

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