Putin awarded the main state award to the American actor. Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Friendship to actor Steven Seagal for his “humanitarian work”.
The 70-year-old actor has also boasted of Russian citizenship and has consistently thrown his weight behind Putin’s policies.
The news of the awarding of the Order of Friendship was published on the internal portal of the Russian government.
The order is awarded to individuals Russia believes will play a role in strengthening international relations.
Under Siege was also appointed as the Humanitarian Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry to the United States and Japan in 2018.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry said his responsibility would be to “facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, art, public and youth exchanges.”
In 2022, Seagal also wished Putin a happy birthday, saying, “Today is President Putin’s birthday. I just think we’re living in very, very difficult times right now. He is one of the world’s greatest leaders and one of the world’s greatest presidents.
“And I really hope and pray that he gets the support and the love and the respect that he needs.” And that all the troubles that are happening now will end soon and we will live in a world of peace.”