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  • 25 March 2014, 13:15

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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