Actor Steven Seagal Gets Russian Citizenship

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Membership has its privileges according to American Express, but I’m not exactly sure what the benefits are for receiving Russian citizenship.

Actor Steven Seagal, popular in the early 1990s for movies such as Marked For Death and Under Siege was recently given Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin.

Yahoo reports that “Hollywood star Seagal and judo-loving Kremlin tough guy Putin have struck up a bromance in recent years“.

Who would’ve knew? I haven’t heard Seagal’s name mentioned in years. So why the love from Putin? Yahoo also mentions how Seagal has visited Russia a bunch of times in recent years and even backed the country’s annexing of Crimea back in 2014.

I wondered if Putin offered Russian citizenship but according to Yahoo Seagal“was asking quite insistently and over a lengthy period to be granted citizenship,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

What’s even stranger is that Seagal isn’t the only famous westerner to get Russian citizenship.

French actor Gerard Depardieu received it in 2013 when he was upset about tax increases back home in France. US boxer Roy Jones Jr was also given Russian citizenship after meeting with Putin in Crimea.

Besides being given Russian citizenship, Steven Seagal was also given Serbian citizenship in early 2016.

It seems that Seagal is some sort of citizenship collector. Which country will be next?

Find out more from Yahoo here.

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