Back in 2016, Steven Seagal was awarded Russian citizenship, likely because he was making so many trips to visit his friend Vladimir Putin. The Putin-Seagal love affair has now taken a more interesting turn because as of now the semi-retired actor is being counted on to improve U.S.-Russian relations. The title bestowed upon him is that of a “special representative” for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They made the announcement themselves on their official Facebook page this afternoon.
According to the press release, Seagal will also asked to influence matters “in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges” between both nations. Seagal will not accept a salary for apprising the role, akin to a United Nations’ goodwill ambassador position both in terms of penance and responsibility.
Long before Seagal and Putin became buds, the dual citizen tried in jest to influence the Russian president’s reputation overseas. “For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid,” was quoted as saying in the wake of allegations Trump sought Russian intervention during his electoral campaign. Back in 2013, Seagal was Putin’s choice to lead a special diplomatic envoy. We haven’t heard the last of this story, I do believe.