Read the original text at 112.ua.
American actor Steven Seagal received Russian citizenship. The Kremlin explained that President Putin made this decision after many requests of Mr. Seagal. We decided to recall that the 64-year-old star of fighters made to get a passport with the two-headed eagle.
Help of KGB and friendship with Kadyrov
Segal regularly visited Russia, telling that his ancestors lived in Buryatia. However, he admitted that he knows only swear words in Russian. Even back in 2007, he visited Kalmykia, and later started to visit Russia more and more often.
In March 2013, Segal with Putin opened the Sports Palace in Moscow.
He also met with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and promised to share the experience of service in the army propaganda.
"I had a friend ... at a time when Russia was going through a very severe test in its history, was practically on the verge of collapse. This friend was an agent of the KGB. We all know what KGB is, and in the middle of the crisis it was going through hard times. There was no money, many people left. "
According to the actor, at that time, the film "The Siege" appeared (in this thriller Segal played a cook, fighting with the terrorists who seized the ship). Segal said that his friend told his colleagues that if they "do not remain in the KGB, everything will be like in the film, and they all left in the KGB."
Buzzfeed claimed that Putin proposed to US President Barack Obama to make Steven Seagal a mediator between the two countries, namely, the honorary consul. According to the publication, with this proposal, the Russian leader spoke during a meeting with his US counterpart at the G8 summit in Lough Erne in 2013. The Kremlin has called the story exaggerated and confirmed only that Putin and Segal have good relations.
In May 2013, the star of thriller came to visit, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. He admitted that he likes films with Seagal very much.
"The nobility, strength of will, and honor are the quality characteristic of Chechens, which could be found in Segal's characters. So we can say that he is almost a Chechen!" Kadyrov wrote in his Instagram.
Segal visited antiterrorist security forces exercise in Chechnya and looked at the zoo in Kadyrov's residence. Lezginka inspired the artist, that he could not restrain himself and danced it himself. Later, Segal admitted that he never seen anything more beautiful, and it was his favorite dance in the world.
After 2 months, the actor visited the cemetery of the "City of Angels" in Beslan, where the victims were buried in the school №1, and in October, attended the celebration of the Day of the city of Grozny. Segal admitted that he hopes to become a part of the Chechen Republic, said that he respects Kadyrov as a "great leader", and called him a brother.
Supporting the annexation of Crimea
After the annexation of Crimea Segal stood in the Kremlin's side. He asserted that "Putin's desire to protect the Russian-speaking people of Crimea, his assets and the Russian Black Sea military base in Sevastopol ... is very reasonable."
This actor added that Putin is "one of the world's great leaders," and "I would like to consider him as a brother." A US policy toward Ukraine Segal called the "idiotic".
In August, Segal took part in the bike show in Sevastopol occupied organized by Motoclub "Night Wolves". He spoke with his musical group Blues Band.
He tried on a T-shirt with the image of Vladimir Putin, presented to the president of the motorcycle club "Night Wolves" Alexander "Surgeon". The scene at the time of his speech was decorated with the flag of the so-called "DPR", and the audience waving the Russian flag and the flags of the separatists. In an interview the actor named Sevastopol “city with the great Russian history” and boasted of his knowledge of the history of World War II.
May 9, 2015 Segal was at the parade in Moscow. The actor sat at the central podium near the Kremlin, and in the end went to the hotel on foot, photographing with fans.
Plans for business
Segal was brought as a face of "Kalashnikov" brand. It was assumed that a Hollywood star as an advertising face of weapons-grade brand will strengthen its position in the United States. However, no prior agreements and contracts have not been concluded.
In August 2015, Segal arrived in Yakutia with the private business visit as a potential investor in order to familiarize with the Russian diamond mining business.
As Yakut media wrote, the actor came also to seek his roots, because his paternal grandfather was born in one of the regions of Russia, and then in the first half of the XX century moved to the United States.
On the Avenue of Stars in Moscow a year ago appeared a star of Seagal. Media wrote that the actor is going to open his own production company in Russia.
In September this year, Segal went to the Sakhalin Island International Film Festival "End of the world," planted a Canadian maple and visited the Kronotsky Reserve in Kamchatka. He said that Russian citizenship is near.
"I think the Russian citizenship is somewhere on the horizon, I would really like a few months of the year to spend with his friends in Russia, with the people who love me here and wait," Segal said.
The actor said that he likes Russia because of "the rich culture and good potential for business." And now, in early November, Russian passport is in his pocket.
Rumors that Segal became persona non-grata to Ukraine appeared in July 2015. Subsequently, the SBU stated that no one made such a decision.
The practice of granting of Russian citizenship in exchange for the active support of Putin's policy is not new for Russia. Previously, a passport was given to the French actor Gerard Depardieu and boxer Roy Jones Jr.