Steven Seagal is now Russian: A newly-minted proud Russian citizen (photos)

12:23 Nov. 3, 2016

A newly-minted proud Russian citizen (photos)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. actor Steven Seagal shake hands after visiting an oceanarium in Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok, Russia Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo)

Putin grants Russian citizenship to Steven Seagal 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenships to one more celebrity. This time the great honour was given to U.S. actor Steven Seagal.

The 64-year-old Hollywood star has been a regular visitor to Russia in recent years and has accompanied Putin to several martial arts events. Seagal has also been vocally defending the Russian leader's policies, including in Ukraine.

Commenting on the news, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told 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 and has never made a secret of it."

French actor Gerard Depardieu and U.S. boxer Roy Jones Jr are among other famous foreigners who have been awarded Russian citizenship in recent years.

Watch also Actor Depardieu banned from Ukraine for stance on Russia

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