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The American actor was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and is said to enjoy a friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actor has been a very public supporter of Putin, going on television to defend the Russian president over accusations of meddling in the 2016 United States elections.

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Now the American actor Steven Seagal, 66, is to take on a subtler role, as a humanitarian envoy for Russian Federation.

The foreign Ministry stressed that we are talking about the socio-political positions, not involving monetary compensation.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added.

On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Seagal has been appointed to the new role, which will apparently be unpaid.

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Actor Steven Seagal attends the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.

Seagal, who holds a dual citizenship of the United States and Russian Federation, is known for his support of Vladimir Putin, to whom he once referred as "one of the greatest living world leaders". While that may seem, let's say, confusing, it's not a complete shock if you've kept track of Seagal and his russophilia in the last few years.

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

Steven Seagal once referred to Putin as "one of the great living world leaders".


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