Putin appoints Steven Seagal as U.S. Special Envoy


The Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Steven Seagals’s new “unpaid” appointment would require him to “facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges.”

The Foreign Ministry announced the move Saturday on its Facebook page.

Seagal, 66, now represents Moscow as its special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States. He is an accomplished martial artist — like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The popular actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has vocally defended the Russian leader’s policies, including Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the U.S. government.

Last year, Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country for five years, citing national security reasons.