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Steven Seagal Now A Citizen Of Russia, Courtesy Of Putin

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You heard it, folks. Steven Seagal has officially been declared a Russian Citizen, all thanks to Putin.

The president of Russia himself, Vladimir Putin, has issued a presidential decree Thursday that grants Russian citizenship to action-movie star Steven Seagal, fulfilling a desire that the actor spoke about as recently as September.

As strange as it sounds, president Putin and Steven Seagal are good friends, both sharing a passion for martial arts. Seagal is a master of Aikido, (the Japanese martial art focused on neutralizing the opponent, instead of outright harming him), while Putin is a Judo expert. They’ve appeared together at martial arts demonstrations and official events, including last year’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

Sputnik News quotes Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov talked about the news, adding: “This [was his] desire, he had really applied. He had been really persistent for a long time and been asking to grant him citizenship, he is actually renown for his quite warm feelings toward our country.”

Seagal isn’t the only western star to favor the Motherland. Roy Jones Jr. and French actor Gerard Depardieu have become Russian citizens in the past, according to The Moscow Times.

All in all, this is quite the bizarre thing for sure, though considering this is Steven Seagal we’re talking about perhaps it isn’t too bizarre.

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