American actor Steven Seagal at the star unveiling ceremony for the actor on the Moscow Alley of Glory in Moscow’s VEGAS trade centre.Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree granting Russian citizenship to Hollywood actor and martial arts expert, Steven Seagal, the Kremlin announced on its website on Nov. 3.
Seagal mentioned the possibility of obtaining a Russian passport during his visit to a film festival on the Far Eastern island of Sakhalin in September.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the actor was persistently seeking Russian citizenship and "is really known for his warm feelings towards Russia."
"He has never hidden it," Peskov said. "He is also a rather famous actor, which does establish grounds to grant him Russian citizenship."
Steven Seagal was born in 1952 in Michigan, the US. He has so far starred in more than 120 movies most of which are martial arts action films.
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