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Putin grants Russian citizenship to ‘Under Siege’ film actor Steven Seagal

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 6:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 6:00pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Russian citizenship to action film actor Steven Seagal.

The 64-year-old Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia in recent years and has accompanied Putin to several martial arts events, as well as vocally defending the Russian leader’s policies.

US film star and pal of Vladimir Putin Steven Seagal plays concert in Crimea

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that Seagal “has been insistent for a long time in asking to be granted Russian citizenship”, adding that “he 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”.

Other foreign celebrities to be awarded Russian nationality by the Kremlin in recent years are French actor Gerard Depardieu and US boxer Roy Jones Jnr.