Gerard Depardieu's new home up in flames as fire engulfs skyscraper in Chechnya

Gerard Depardieu
# 04 April 2013 13:09 (UTC +04:00)

Smoke and fire engulfed almost the whole height of the building in Grozny, which at 145 metres is the tallest in the Caucasus. Everyone was evacuated and there are no reports of casualties, but the fire spread rapidly and caused serious damage to the building, which was the centrepiece of a plan to turn the capital from a war-torn husk to a modern metropolis.

Mr Depardieu was invited to Chechnya by its ruler, Ramzan Kadyrov, who is implicated in rights abuses. Mr Kadyrov gave the actor an apartment as a “gesture of friendship”.

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