Gerard Depardieu, the French actor just awarded Russian citizenship, praised his “special relationship” with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov as he started filming a movie in the mainly Muslim Russian region.
It was raining heavily last week when I visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates Japanese who died in the “imperial cause.” But the tour buses still discharged scores of elderly Japanese visitors, and I received approving looks and even a faint smile from two Japanese women as we stood in the rain before the memorial to an Indian jurist called Radha Binod Pal.
Josef Stalin is a paranoid thug who sets aside his pipe to smoke American Lucky Strike cigarettes in private and conducts top-secret meetings from his washroom in “Hotel Lux,” a German film poking fun at communism.
Arkady Rotenberg, the boyhood friend and former judo partner of black-belt President Vladimir Putin, already is collecting his winnings from what promises to be the most expensive Winter Olympics ever next year.
Gerard Depardieu, the French actor awarded Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin last month, is “very pleased” with his new apartment about 600 kilometers east of Moscow, RIA Novosti reported.