French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has previously lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin, has condemned his “crazy, unforgivable excesses” in Ukraine.
Depardieu, who gained Russian citizenship in 2013, told Agence France Presse on Thursday that “the Russian people are not accountable for the absurd, disgusting excesses of their leaders like Vladimir Putin.”
Depardieu further stated that he will donate all revenues from three nights of concerts in Paris beginning April 1 to “Ukrainian victims of this sad fratricidal war.”
Putin gave Depardieu Russian citizenship in 2013, provoking outrage in France, where the actor was accused of fleeing his birthplace to dodge a higher tax rate for billionaires.
Depardieu, who has appeared in films such as “The Last Metro” and “Cyrano de Bergerac,” received his new passport in person from Putin at the Russian president’s house on the Black Sea coast.