It was inevitable, really. He’s been bromancing with president Vladimir Putin for years, wished Chechen tyrant Ramzan Kadyrov the happiest of happy birthdays, and even penned an as-yet-unmade movie in which he plays Genghis Khan. Now, Steven Seagal has followed in the footsteps of French acting legend Gérard Depardieu in becoming a Russian citizen, under a decree signed personally by his mate Vlad.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press that Seagal “has been insistent for a long time in asking to be granted Russian citizenship…he is known for his warm feelings to our country, he never made a secret of it.”
And he’s got a point. Seagal does genuinely seem to love hanging out in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Here’s the star of classics like Under Siege and On Deadly Ground trying his hand at Chechen dancing.
Riding around the Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan:
Watching men throw each other around with Vlad.
Saying a little prayer with Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Learning some moves from the next generation of Russia dancers.
Warming up to play Genghis Khan.
Becoming an honorary citizen of Republic of Kalmykia, a region in Russia.
Now they can be there together forever.