Steven Seagal Now Officially a Russian Citizen

Yes, really
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2016 10:20 AM CDT
Putin-Seagal Bromance Just Got Serious
Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal shake hands in Vladivostok in 2015.   (AP Photo/Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP, File)

Vladimir Putin just took his bromance with Steven Seagal to a whole new level. The Russian leader has signed an executive order granting Seagal Russian citizenship, reports the BBC. A Kremlin rep says Seagal "was asking for citizenship persistently and for quite a long time," and his soft spot for Russia—the American actor once described Putin as "one of the greatest world leaders" and Russian's actions in Crimea as "very reasonable"—helped make it possible, per the Guardian. Seagal, whose father was Russian, says he's "tremendously grateful" for the honor and plans to "work tirelessly" until the US and Russia are "best friends and allies," per TASS. (More Russia stories.)

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