Putin gives Russian citizenship to action film actor Steven Seagal

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

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

Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Steven “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 Jr.

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