Russian Federation tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving US ties

by Wade Massey August 6, 2018, 0:29
Russian Federation tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving US ties

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts. Action movie star Steven Seagal is appointed a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the USA by Russian Federation.

Russian Foreign Ministry which made the announcement on Facebook late on Saturday said Seagal will be tasked with furthering "Russian-American relations".

According to the ministry, the position was created to deepen humanitarian ties, as well as cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

In March of this year, two women who previously accused Steven Seagal of rape and sexual assault stepped forward to offer more detailed accounts of the actor's alleged misconduct.

Last year, Russian enemy Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country for five years, citing national security reasons. Seagal, who is known for his affinity for martial arts, will receive no salary in his new role. "Our reaction was, 'You've got to be kidding, ' " a US official told BuzzFeed, referring to the offer. Also that year, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher credited Seagal with facilitating meetings for a congressional delegation that visited Russian Federation in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to investigate the suspects' backgrounds and discuss intelligence sharing issues.

It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal.

Seagal, whose titles include "Above the Law" and "Out for Justice", does seem particularly interested in the former Soviet Union. He has also visited Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko.

In the interview, Seagal also praised Putin as "a great world leader" and a "brilliant tactician".


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