Saturday, 22 September, 2018


Russia Appoints Actor Steven Seagal to Help With U.S. Diplomatic Relations

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia meeting with Steven Seagal at the Kremlin in 2016. Russian officials said Mr. Seagal was named a special representative to promote humanitarian ties between Russia and the United Russia Appoints Actor Steven Seagal to Help With U.S. Diplomatic Relations
Hannah Rogers | 09 August, 2018, 00:16

After being announced as Russia's special representative on humanitarian relations with the U.S., the exact nature of Hollywood star and martial artist Steven Seagal's mission has been revealed. Humanitarian Relations and Common Cultural and Historical Heritage.

According to the statement, the action star's role will be to promote US-Russia relations "in the humanitarian sphere", adding that the role will include collaboration "in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges".

In an unorthodox selection, movie star Steven Seagal has been named as Russia's special representative to the U.S. I hope that we can achieve peace, harmony and progress in the world. "I take this honor very seriously", he wrote.

The position is unpaid, said Russian officials, who compared the role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador - a distinguished volunteer who calls attention to the work of the UN.

While some might doubt his diplomatic credentials, Seagal has not been shy about sharing his views on the ties between the two countries.

US-born Seagal, whose paternal-grandparents were Russian Jews who emigrated to the United States, gained Russian citizenship in 2016 after a history of engagement with the country dating back to his opening of a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Moscow in the 1990s. "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".

Seagal feels "deeply humbled and honoured" to have been given his new position. Two years ago, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka welcomed Seagal at his private residence at Ozerny, north of Minsk, showering him with gifts that included a book and a dagger. Further advancing his credentials in the Slavic world is his Serbian citizenship, which he received in early 2016, prior to the Russian one, after he offered to set up an Aikido dojo in Belgrade.

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