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Putin grants Russian citizenship to actor Steven Seagal

Putin grants Russian citizenship to actor Steven Seagal

Seagal automatically became a Russian citizen as soon as the decree was published, and he doesn't have to officially accept it.

The action film actor has visited Russian Federation regularly over the last few years, and has been open about his approval for Putin. Back in 2013, members of a US congressional delegation said Seagal "opened some doors" for them as they researched anti-terrorism issues - and it later emerged that in the same year, Putin suggested making Seagal an honorary consul in California and Arizona, a position that could have allowed him to work as a go-between for Putin and President Obama.

Depardieu, who left his native France due to his anger at his homeland's income tax levels, has subsequently been banned from visiting Ukraine due to his support for Russia's annexation of the Crimea region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Seagal had applied and lobbied for the Russian citizenship.

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Now that Seagal is an official Russian citizen, the country can probably look forward to his shredding guitar solos for years to come. The US actor has also described him as one of the greatest world leaders.

On September, Seagal visited for a film and said that frequent visits to the country would suit him. At that time, he enlisted Seagal, who is famous for beating up bad guys in movies like Fire Down Below and Under Siege, to sell his vision.

USA boxer Roy Jones Jr got his Russian passport previous year, shortly after writing in his website "this is the happiest day of my life".

Seagal is not the only celebrity to get Russian citizenship. Seagal also offered to set up a martial arts school in Belgrade, after which he was given Serbian citizenship earlier this year.


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