banner

Steven Seagal granted Russian citizenship from pal Vladimir Putin for his ‘warm feelings’ towards the country


SEPT. 4, 2015 POOL FILE PHOTO
Russian President Vladimir Putin granted U.S. actor Steven Seagal Russian citizenship on Nov. 3.

Actor Steven Seagal’s love for martial arts just helped him become a Russian citizen.

The “Under Siege” star was awarded Russian citizenship on Thursday after spending years accompanying pal Vladimir Putin to martial arts events and publically praising his presidential policies.

Seagal, 64, has been pushing to become a citizen for a long time, according to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov added that Seagal “is known for his warm feelings to our country, he never made a secret of it, and he’s also a well-known actor, which gave grounds to make him a Russian citizen.”

The Michigan-born film star, who is of Russian descent, has certainly been open about his feelings on Putin’s Russia.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 FILE POOL PHOTO
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and U.S. movie actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow, Russia in 2013.

In 2014, he called the Kremlin the “greatest world leader alive today.”

“He cares more about Russia than anybody I know,” Seagal said at the time. “And he’s not afraid to get up and do what needs to be done.”

Seagal even noted that he would like to refer to the Russian president as his brother.

During an interview with a Russian television station that same year, the actor explained the beginning of his relationship with the world leader.

POOL PHOTO 26 photos view gallery Vladimir Putin in action

“The first time I went to his home, I walked in and saw a life-sized statue of Kano Jigoro, who is the founder of judo, so I was immediately taken and impressed and really wanting to get to know this man deeper and deeper,” he said.

Seagal is not the first celebrity to be granted Russian nationality in recent years. Putin also awarded citizenship to French actor Gerard Depardieu and American boxer Roy Jones Jr.

With News Wire Services

What's Your Reaction?
WTF! WTF!
0
WTF!
Cute Cute
0
Cute
Buzz Buzz
0
Buzz
LOL LOL
0
LOL
Geeky Geeky
0
Geeky
Win Win
0
Win
Angry Angry
0
Angry
Fail Fail
0
Fail
Love Love
0
Love

log in

reset password

Back to
log in