There probably isn’t an American citizen alive today that loves Russia more than B-movie action star Steven Seagal.
(I’ll wait a second for your Donald Trump jokes before moving on.)
Unlike those involved in the recent election under current investigation, Seagal has actually become a citizen of Russia back in November and has constantly touted his admiration for Vladimir Putin.
(Again, I’ll wait a second for your Donald Trump jokes before moving on.)
Seagal has called Putin the greatest world leader alive today and Putin has encouraged Russians to grow tougher with a Seagal inspired workout regime. The former movie star has controversially been rather chummy with dictators and despots in the regime and threw his support behind Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
With all that in mind, Ukraine has decided that Seagal is a national security threat because of his support for the Putin regime and Russian citizenship and banned the movie star for five years according to The Guardian.
Ukraine has banned American action movie star Steven Seagal as a national security threat, making him the latest of several cultural figures to be blacklisted.
The Ukrainian security service said it had forbidden Seagal entry to the country for five years, in a letter published by the news site Apostrophe. The service’s press secretary later confirmed the ban to other media.
The letter said such a decision is made when a person has “committed socially dangerous actions … that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security”. The move comes after the actor received citizenship in Russia, which has backed separatists in a simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin handed Seagal a Russian passport and told him he hoped their “personal relationship will remain and continue” during a meeting in the Kremlin last year.
Before he was a Putin sympathizer, Seagal was known for his martial arts skills and for making straight-to-video action movies that didn’t star Jean Claude Van Damme. Come to think of it, maybe Ukraine should just go ahead and ban his movies for five years while they’re at it.