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Russia’s newest citizen Steven Seagal really looks at home in Eastern Europe

Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin greet adoring crowds in Moscow
AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky
“I know, I know they love you. But with me, your approval rating’s 1,000.”
By Max de Haldevang
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

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:

AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin
“Orange sunglasses are authentic, ok.”









Watching men throw each other around with Vlad.

AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service
“I just wish we were alone together.”







Saying a little prayer with Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Andrei Stasevich/Pool Photo via AP
“You know that moment you first look into Vlad’s eyes and just lose yourself?”

Learning some moves from the next generation of Russia dancers.

AP Photo/Misha Japaridze
“Just don’t tell the big man about this, ok?”



Warming up to play Genghis Khan.

“No one’s going to notice I’m not Asian, right?”

Becoming an honorary citizen of Republic of Kalmykia, a region in Russia.

AP Photo/Mergen Bembinov
“Special occasion: see-through glasses today.”

Or piling up his foreign passports.

AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
“Not bad, Mr. Serbian prime minister, but Vlad’s promised me a bigger prize.”

Now they can be there together forever.

Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti
“No, you’re the best.”

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