Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Hollywood actor Steven Seagal now Russian envoy

Hollywood actor Steven Seagal now Russian envoy

This will cover "culture, art, public and youth exchanges, among other things", the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its Facebook page.

The Hard To Kill action star is an accomplished martial artist, just like Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Moscow has appointed USA actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy, dealing with humanitarian links with the United States, the Russian foreign ministry announced yesterday.

Seagal's unpaid position would "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve", Seagal, who hold both Russian and USA passports, said to TASS news agency.

He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan. "As for global practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors". In his first big role in the 1988 movie Above the Law, Seagal played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and in one of his latest films, Mercenary: Absolution, he played a contract killer.

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Mr. Seagal, 66, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He said he had called Putin "ONE of the World's Great Leaders".

It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal.

In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honorary Russian consul to California and Arizona.

Seagal, who occasionally appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

In response to the notably unpaid engagement, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" on Twitter.

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