Steven Seagal received the order "for an outstanding contribution to the development of international cultural and humanitarian cooperation" from Putin
American actor Steven Seagal, who supports Russia's aggression against Ukraine, received the Order of Friendship from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is known that friendly relations between Putin and Seagal have been going on for a long time. They both practiced Japanese martial arts. Putin has a black belt in judo, Seagal has a black belt in aikido.
For his friendship with the dictator, Seagal received Russian citizenship in 2016. He received the passport personally from Putin's hands.
Two years later, he was appointed Special Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry for Russian-American humanitarian relations.
In addition, Seagal visited territories illegally annexed by Russia. For example, in 2015, he visited Sevastopol, in 2022 - in the colony in Yelenovka, which was destroyed by Russian invaders.