Steven Seagal joins Russian pro-Kremlin party

Source: The Hill | May 31, 2021 | Joseph Choi

Actor and martial artist Steven Seagal, who has long been an admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has joined a pro-Kremlin party.

Reuters reports that the Just Russia РPatriots РFor Truth announced in a video on Saturday that Seagal, 69, who has held Russian citizenship since 2016, had received party membership. The party was created earlier this year when three pro-Putin leftist parties formed into one.

Seagal called for a crackdown on businesses that harm the environment in his welcome speech, Reuters reports.

“Without being able to arrest people, when we just fine them, they are probably making more money of the production of the things that are defiling the environment,” Seagal said.

Reuters notes that the actor was granted Russian citizenship by Putin, who is a fan of martial arts.

Seagal has worked as a representative of Russia in the past, being tasked with improving humanitarian ties with the U.S. in 2018 and representing Russia in Venezuela in early May.

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