Italian actress Ornella Muti has rented a three-room apartment near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and intends to take Russian citizenship, the website kp.ru has reported.
Muti has said that she wants become a Russian citizen because she has fallen in love with a Russian man, although she has not revealed his name.
On Nov. 6, artist Alexander Revva announced that Muti intends to become a Russian citizen and is preparing the necessary documentation. According to Revva, the Italian star first made the announcement at a presentation with him on Nov. 5.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitri Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet received an application for Russian citizenship from Muti.
If the news is true, however, Muti will follow a number of minor foreign celebrities to receive Russian citizenship. On Nov. 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree giving Russian citizenship to the American action star and producer Steven Seagal. French actor Gerard Depardieu received a Russian passport in 2013.
Muti’s real name is Francesca Romana Rivelli. She made her flim debut in 1970 in “La moglie piu bella” (The Most Beautiful Wife). She has played more than 100 roles during the course of her career; Russian audiences know her best from her 1980 film “Il bisbetico domato” (The Taming of The Scoundrel).
First published in Russian in Lenta.ru.