Did Gerard Depardieu receive Russian nationality because he was famous?

Russian nationality law states if neither of your parents are Russian citizens, you must be resident in Russia for a minimum of 5 years before you can even be considered to apply for Russian Nationality. Has Vladimir Putin handed Depardieu Russian Nationality simply on the basis that he's a celebrity with... show more Russian nationality law states if neither of your parents are Russian citizens, you must be resident in Russia for a minimum of 5 years before you can even be considered to apply for Russian Nationality.

Has Vladimir Putin handed Depardieu Russian Nationality simply on the basis that he's a celebrity with lots of money? (Kremlin Corruption?)
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