Vladimir Putin Grants Russian Citizenship To Steven Seagal
Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to American actor Steven Seagal, according to Reuters.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that Seagal has “repeatedly asked for Russian citizenship,” Reuters reports. The Russian president finally signed off on the actor’s request Thursday.
Peskov told reporters Seagal has “warm feelings towards Russia” and is a “well-known actor, which became the reason for granting him Russian Federation citizenship.”
Seagal was born in Michigan, but is of Russian descent, according to New York Daily News.
The action film star has been open about his admiration of Russia and Putin, calling him the “greatest world leader alive today.”
“He cares more about Russia than anybody I know,” Seagal has said. “And he’s not afraid to get up and do what needs to be done.”