Depardieu 'Proud To Be Russian' In Watch Ad
Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship last year, has become the face of a watch brand campaign with the slogan "Proud To Be Russian".
The French actor has become the face of the Swiss brand Cvstos and features in a new picture on the company's Facebook page.
The photo shows Depardieu wearing one of the luxury watches and a jacket, both branded with the Russian state symbol of a double-headed eagle.
It is believed the watches cost up to £18,000 ($30,000) each.
Depardieu formally registered as a resident of the region of Mordovia in February 2013 after being granted citizenship by President Vladimir Putin a month earlier.
The star made the move after the French government proposed raising the tax for those earning over one million euros to 75%.
His decision was widely criticised, as were his friendships with Putin and Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov
In November,†Depardieu failed to turn up for the Moscow premiere of the French-Russian film Rasputin where he played the title role.
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