Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Russian Federation names action-movie star Steven Seagal as envoy for US

Russian Federation names action-movie star Steven Seagal as envoy for US

As The Guardian noted in November 2016, Putin personally handed Seagal his Russian passport, congratulated the actor, and hailed the manouver as the beginning of normalization of the relations between Russia and the United States.

Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016, following several visits to the Balkan country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Seagal would receive no salary, and added that the actor's appointment is "a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy".

"I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties".

The position is not paid and will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador positions, the statement said. "I take this honour very seriously", he included.

The Russian foreign Ministry has published a list of the responsibilities of the actor: Seagal is asked to begin saving in the United States associated with Russia memorable places, to promote the heritage of Russian America and of other events of General history. 66-year-old actor has starred in 56 movies.

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

In 2014, Seagal posted a statement on his website to clarify that he had been misquoted by media outlets saying he called Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, the world's greatest leader. "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". Later on, the two admired together that year's crop of carrots and watermelons. "These are precisely the objectives of the Bitcoiin2Gen to empower the community by providing a decentralized P2P payment system with its own wallet, mining ecosystem, and robust blockchain platform without the need of any third party", read the press release announcing his appointment.

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