Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special representative'

Alexei Druzhinin  TASS

Alexei Druzhinin TASS

In the ever stranger world of politics, Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced that action movie actor Steven Seagal has been appointed special representative to improve Russian and US humanitarian ties.

The Foreign Ministry announced the move Saturday on its Facebook page. Action movie star Steven Seagal is appointed a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the U.S. by Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Russian passport for U.S. actor Steven Seagal during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. "As for global practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors". "Naturally, Russian citizenship and a Russian passport will make it easier for you to meet your friends and carry out your plans", Mr. Putin said at the time.

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Seagal sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

Seagal was seen at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and was also among the guests when Putin was sworn in for a fourth term in May.

American Seagal, whose grandparents were Russian Jews, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016.

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According to Seagal's own website, the 66-year-old has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation for over a decade. Last year, be was banned from Ukraine for five years, apparently because of his support for Putin's policies.

Seagal's fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, but he remains hugely popular in eastern Europe and was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenships in 2016.

The 66-year-old actor was born in Lansing, the capital city of U.S. state of MI.

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