Here's an idea for Americans who suddenly find themselves in the higher tax bracket because of the fiscal cliff-averting deal. Call Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Gerard Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship by Putin after the French actor publicly vowed to renounce his native country's citizenship because of France's high taxes.

The Kremlin announced its offer on its website Thursday, saying Putin signed an executive order granting residency to the "Life of Pi" actor. No word yet on whether Depardieu will accept the offer from a country that was on his shortlist for potential flight. Guess he's waiting to see if Montenegro or Belgium can sweeten the pot.

Depardieu went public with his outrage over high taxes in December when he and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault exchanged harsh words. The actor was upset about paying France a 75 percent tax on his assets.

"I never killed anybody, I do not think I'm unworthy, I paid 145 million in tax in 45 years, I have 80 people working in companies that were created for them and which are managed by them," the actor wrote in an letter to Ayrault.



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