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Depardieu declines offer to become Mordovia culture minister

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Jan. 7, 2013, 12:04 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

French actor Gerard Depardieu poses with his new Russian passport on a theatre stage, wearing a traditional folk outfit, after he arrived in the city of Saransk, some 700 km (435 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
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MOSCOW - French actor, businessman and vineyard owner Gerard Depardieu, who now holds a Russian passport, has been offered the post of culture minister in Russia's internal republic of Mordovia, said chief of the Russian film archives Gosfilmofond, Nikolai Borodachyov. 

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