Actor Gérard Depardieu on Thursday denounced Vladimir Poutine’s “crazy and unacceptable excesses”, announcing that all of the proceeds from his three concerts scheduled for the beginning of April at the Champs-Élysées theater “will go to the Ukrainian victims”. “The Russian people are not responsible for the crazy and unacceptable excesses of their leaders like Vladimir Putin,” said the star, who had praised the Russian leader in the past, in a statement. from April 1 to 3 at the TCE, in Paris, where he will sing songs by Barbara, of whom he was a close friend. “All of the proceeds from the three concerts I give at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées […] will go to the Ukrainian victims of this tragic fratricidal war”, added the actor in a statement sent to AFP on Thursday. “I have always had a singular fondness for the Russian people so well described by Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Pasternak and so many other artists… Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich”, he also underlined. On March 1, Gérard Depardieu had already called for “stop arms and negotiate”, on the sixth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” Russia and Ukraine have always been brotherly countries. I am against this fratricidal war. I say: ‘Stop the weapons and negotiate!'” he said. The sacred monster of French cinema, who has French and Russian nationalities, obtained a Russian passport in January 2013, amid disagreement with the tax policy President François Hollande.”I find it normal to pay, but not to idiots who think they are doing good”, he declared in 2014 to the weekly Le Point.Since then, Gérard Depardieu has never ceased to praise his new homeland, Russia, a “great democracy”, and to praise Vladimir Putin, whom he notably compared to Pope John Paul II.
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