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Gérard in Russia

After French actor Gérard Depardieu moved to a Belgian border town to avoid his native country’s sky-high tax bracket for millionaires, Vladimir Putin pounced on the opportunity to—well, it’s not quite clear what Putin’s motives are, but it involved a public offer of Russian citizenship to Depardieu.

Depardieu has not responded to the offer thus far. Perhaps he’s still thinking about it. To help him make up his mind, we present Elizabeth Kiem’s excellent “Reading Roulette” series, highlighting emerging Russian writers—ready to read here on TMN or in an e-book you can export to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, etc.