"I want to be an ambassador of democracy to the world. Russia is a country with a great democracy."
— French actor Gerard Depardieu • Discussing his move to Saransk, Russia—at the address 1 Democracy Street. Depardieu, who has become more known in recent months for his role in a controversy over
tax exiles than his role with Katherine Heigl in “My Father the Hero
,” claims he did not leave the country to escape the country’s proposed tax rate on the rich. One of the ironies of Depardieu’s statement is that Saransk is located in a part of Russia, Mordovia, known for its prison camps. One of the members of Pussy Riot, in fact, is serving time there.