Vladimir Putin signed a decree on admission to Russian citizenship of Stephen Segal. This is reported on the Kremlin website.
According to the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, Segal “persistently and for a long time applied for citizenship.” The president’s decision to extradite him is due to the fact that Sigal “is a famous actor”.
[Sigal] is really famous for his warm feelings about our country, he never hid it.
At the same time, he is a fairly well-known actor, which gave grounds for his admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation.
The fact that he may soon get Russian citizenship, Segal said back in September during a visit to Sakhalin, where he arrived at the invitation of the Governor of Sakhalin. The actor claimed that the region is suitable for doing business and attracts it by the fact that it borders on Japan.
I think Russian citizenship is somewhere on the horizon. I would very much like to spend several months of the year with my friends in Russia, with people who love me here and are waiting for me.
Seagal has been talking with Putin for a long time. In September 2015, the actor came to Vladivostok on the Russian island to watch the oceanarium. Then a member of the Chinese delegation suggested to Putin to fight with the master of martial arts, but the president joked: “I would not.”
In early 2016, Segal received the citizenship of Serbia. There he was going to open a martial arts school.
In August, the actor met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in his suburban residence. On November 1, Wargaming, based in Belarus, announced that Segal is joining the team of their game World of Warships about battles on ships: the actor starred in a promorick.
Stephen Frederick Seagal was born April 10, 1952 in the United States and became widely known for the films “In the Siege” and “In Siege 2”, released in the 90’s, which act on ships. The 64-year-old actor is still actively acting in films, but the rating of films with his participation is steadily falling .
In 2013, the French actor Gerard Depardieu received a Russian passport for “a significant contribution to the development of Russian culture and cinematography” (according to Peskov’s explanation), “Interfax” reminds . In addition to him, Russian citizenship was recently awarded to athletes Jeff Monson and Roy Jones Jr..