Mordovia welcomes Gérard Depardieu

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French actor Gérard Depardieu has been given a warm welcome in the region of Mordovia, hours after receiving his Russian passport.

It is an area known for it's harsh prisons - one of the convicted members of the punk band Pussy Riot is serving her sentence there.

Depardieu later defended his decision to take up Russian citizenship describing the country as a "great democracy".

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