Russia names action-movie star Seagal as envoy for US

Steven Seagal Named By Russia As Special Rep To US For Humanitarian Ties
He’s been “Under Seige” and “Above The Law,” not to mention “Hard To Kill” and “Out For A Kill.” But now Steven Seagal has been named by Russia's Foreign Ministry for a different purpose – he’s now a special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role designed to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to the US actor in 2016, and now Seagal will expand his ties, serving as…

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has appointed action movie star Steven Seagal as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States.

The Foreign Ministry announced the move Saturday on its Facebook page, saying Seagal's portfolio in the unpaid position would be to "facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges."

Seagal is an accomplished martial artist — like Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has vocally defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the U.S. government.

Last year, Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country for five years, citing national security reasons.

 

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