Prominent French actor Depardieu argues that Russian opposition has no program
There are clever people in the Russian opposition, but they have no program, actor Gerard Depardieu, who has recently been granted Russian citizenship, said.
"The Russian opposition has no program, they have nothing. There are very clever people such as Kasparov, but it's only good for chess. Politics is much more complicated," Depardieu said in an interview with the program Vesti Nedeli, which broadcast to the Far East on Sunday.
Depardieu said the French generally like to criticize. As an example, he mentioned the Pussy Riot story.
"Imagine if those girls entered, for example, a mosque. They would not leave there alive. Even in the Catholic world it would be horrible. However, when I say that in France, they consider me an idiot," Depardieu said.
Depardieu said there have been different times in Russia history. "However, when you see Bolshoi Theater dancers, when you see Valery Gergiev, when you listen to Olga Borodina, the Russian opera, or admire Nureyev, that's largely the only thing that matters. That's the main thing, the deepest thing in Russian history," Depardieu said.
The actor believes "it takes a lot of strength […] to be Russian and admire all these things."
"You have Russian classics," he said. "Russian cartoons have returned to the viewers with assistance from President Putin, and Rostropovich's collection is being returned to Russia. I know many Russians in France and not only in France who returned to Russia because they issued that soul warmth," Depardieu said.