French actor Gerard Depardieu received a Russian passport, in an interview with The Daily Beast stated that he had attended in Russia “Putin to jail”, where “sat Andrei Sakharov”. The academician was never in custody — only link.
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A strange phrase Depardieu drew attention at the Sakharov center after seeing it in the translation of the article published by the site “InoSMI”.
Talking about authoritarian countries whose leaders (such as Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin) he was familiar, Depardieu said that “Putin visited several prisons, even those where he was Andrei Sakharov. And you know what? They say it’s the best prison, where you wonderful food”.
He spoke positively about Chechnya and advised to go there to his critics: “Go there and see with your own eyes. Take a chance yourself. I went there. I was not tortured. I was not poisoned, and I wasn’t one hundred percent agree with everything that he saw”.
Recall that from 1980 to 1986, Sakharov and his wife Yelena Bonner was in exile in Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod).