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Rasputin (aka Gerard Depardieu) offered job in his native Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 January 2013

Russia's largest drama theatre has offered the country's new actor citizen a role in their troupe starting in March.

Stunning: Tyumen Bolshoi Drama Theatre. Picture: National Business 

'Tyumen Bolshoi Drama theatre decided to support the Russian grazhdanin (citizen), the great French actor Gerard Depardieu, and is inviting him to join our troupe,' said a statement on its Facebook page.

'We offer an express labour contract, his salary will be 16,000 roubles ($525 a month) with an extra 22%, plus 10% extra of Ural's coefficient, plus 15% on top for playing roles, and a rented flat in the centre of Tyumen.' 

The theatre boasts 'a great personal interpreting system for viewers, with audio, video and subtitles'. 

Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin and collected his passport over the New Year holidays. Surprisingly, perhaps, the region of Tyumen should be close to his heart. 

In a new Franco-Russian film out this year he plays Grigory Rasputin, the 'mad' Siberian monk who had a decisive role in the life and demise of the Royal family of Russia in the years leading up to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in 1917.

Rasputin's birthplace was in the village of Pokrovskoye in Tyumen region. The bizarre holy man had predicted to the royal family that they would see his remote village one day. And they did - passing through it during their tragic exile before they were slain by forces loyal to the Bolshevik leadership in 1918 in Yekaterinburg. 

The new film was made in St Petersburg and the far north of Russia, around Arkhangelsk, was used to simulate Siberia. 

The film follows the last two years of Rasputin's life from 1914 to 1916, and focuses on his close relationship with the tsar and especially his wife, Alexandra. 

Deparieu was earlier offered the job of culture minister in Mordovia, a Russian region south east of Moscow.

Comments (3)

Wow. "great" that Deparieu got a Russian passport. Does he also carries his Frensh passport? How does he look against Russian's new instructions on dual citizenship? Or is it as the old slogan says: all people are equal, but some more equal than others?
Eric, Holland
01/06/2014 23:33
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Wow. "great" that Deparieu got a Russian passport. Does he also carries his Frensh passport? How does he look against Russian's new instructions on dual citizenship? Or is it as the old slogan says: all people are equal, but some more equal than others?
Eric, Holland
01/06/2014 23:30
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lovely theatre. as for Depardieu, I wonder how will he be getting visas for travelling abroad with his brand new russian passport?
Larissa, France
09/01/2013 23:53
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