My pal Putin
Segal hopes Ukraine and Russia can
Putin and Seagal have been friends for several years
Doors to Hollywood
Seagal performed for Putin
Bonding over martial arts
Chatting it up
Seagal publicly supported Russia in 2014
Rubbing elbows with the powerful
Seagal is given a Russian passport
A
Special envoy
An important role
Seagal wanted to improve American-Russian relations
Happy to be of service
Banned from Ukraine
A security threat
Politics
Just Russia - Patriots- For Truth
Seagal wants results
Seagal hopes more people can be arrested
Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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My pal Putin

Since Russia violently attacked Ukraine last week, we've been hearing a lot about it from different celebrities. While most film stars are astonished and horrified by Russian President Vladimir Putin's choice to begin a war, action star Steven Seagal has expressed a controversial perspective.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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"I look at it as one family"

On February 28, 2022, Seagal told Fox New Digital his thought on the Ukrainian conflict, saying: “Most of us have friends and family in Russia & Ukraine. I look at both as one family and really believe it is an outside entity spending huge sums of money on propaganda to provoke the two countries to be at odds with each other.”

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Segal hopes Ukraine and Russia can "live & thrive together"

Steven Seagal then continued, “My prayers are that both countries will come to a positive, peaceful resolution where we can live & thrive together in peace."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Putin and Seagal have been friends for several years

Many action film fans may not be aware that Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin have been friends for quite some time.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Doors to Hollywood

According to NPR, the star of "Under Siege" and Putin were introduced thanks to Bob Van Ronkel, who runs Doors to Hollywood. This company brings American celebrities to Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union.

Pictured: Bob Van Ronkel and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Seagal performed for Putin

In 2018 Van Ronkel had an interview with NPR, and he spoke about how Putin and Seagal became best buds: "I was hired to bring Steven Seagal to perform with his band for another event with President Putin, so kind of was responsible for that introduction, and Steven becoming best friends with him."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Bonding over martial arts

It is said that Seagal and Putin bonded over their mutual love of martial arts when they first met.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Chatting it up

As the friendship grew, the duo was photographed attending combat demonstrations together. Here we see the pair at the Mixed fight Championship in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 11, 2012.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Seagal publicly supported Russia in 2014

However, when the public caught wind of the relationship, they were not very happy with Steven Seagall, especially when he supported Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

 

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Rubbing elbows with the powerful

Here we see Steven Seagal and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin take part in the military exhibition "Oboronexpo-2014" in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, on August 14, 2014.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Seagal is given a Russian passport

In 2016 Seagal and Putin's friendship was made official when the Russian President gave Steven Seagal a Russian passport.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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A "great honor"

Steven Seagal said it was a "great honor" to be presented with the Russian passport, and Putin said he hoped their "personal relationship will remain and continue."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Special envoy

This most unusual "bromance" continued to flourish. In August 2018, Putin appointed Seagal as a special envoy between the United States and Russia.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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An important role

Per an announcement made by the Russian foreign ministry, Seagal's role was to promote relations between Moscow and Washington "in the humanitarian sphere."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Seagal wanted to improve American-Russian relations

When asked to comment upon the position granted to him by Russia, Steven Seagal said, "I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Happy to be of service

Seagal continued, "I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially, and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Banned from Ukraine

Due to his alliance with Putin and Russia, in 2017, Ukraine banned Steven Seagal from entering the country as he was deemed a threat to national security.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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A security threat

According to the Washington Post, a Ukrainian security services letter was released, which states that banning Seagal from the country was considered appropriate as the government considers his actions to be "socially dangerous actions...that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
(19/22)
Politics

It seems that Ukraine was probably right to be wary of Seagal because not only is Steven Seagal a citizen of Russia, but he continues to remain closely attached to those high up in the Russian political scene.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Just Russia - Patriots- For Truth

Last year Seagal was given party membership to a political alliance called Just Russia - Patriots - For Truth, an alliance that is made up of three pro-Putin parties.

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Seagal wants results

According to The Guardian, in his welcome speech, Seagal said, "We really need to set up a situation where we can investigate, arrest and prosecute people criminally so that there is results."

Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal - an unusual bromance
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Seagal hopes more people can be arrested

Seagal continued, "Without being able to arrest people, when we just fine them, they are probably making more money of the production of the things that are defiling the environment."

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