Washed up action star Steven Seagal essentially pledged his allegiance to bosom buddy Vladimir Putin at his 70th birthday party in Moscow on Sunday.
Seagal, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 by a presidential decree and personally handed his Russian passport by Putin himself, was filmed giving a speech to some of the country’s top propagandists.
A viral 26-second video circulating on social media shows Seagal addressing a crowd that includes Putin compatriots Vladimir Soloviev and Margarita Simonyan, who were sanctioned by the EU with travel bans and asset seizures for being part of Putin’s inner circle.
I know what you’re thinking. What is American actor, reincarnated 17th century Tibetan Buddhist lama, and Russian diplomat Steven Seagal up to?
Well, here he is celebrating his birthday in Moscow with top Russian propagandist Vladimir Soloviev and RT editor Margarita Simonyan pic.twitter.com/M6ednBq7Hj
— max seddon (@maxseddon) April 10, 2022
The event was reportedly Seagal’s 70th birthday party, and was held in Moscow on April 10. The “Above the Law” star wore all black as he basically swore fealty to his communist comrades in English, while Soloviev translated beside him.
“Each and every one of you, you are my family and my friends. And I love all of you and we stand together, through thick and through thin,” Seagal declared.
The “Exit Wounds” actor’s support of Russia’s elite doesn’t come as a shock, as he has already gone on record with allegations that an “outside entity,” rather than Putin, provoked the conflict between Russian and Ukraine.
“Most of us have friends and family in Russia & Ukraine,” he told the Moscow Times on Feb. 28. “I look at both as one family and really believe it is an outside entity spending huge sums of money on propaganda to provoke the two countries to be at odds with each other.”
“My prayers are that both countries will come to a positive, peaceful resolution where we can live & thrive together in peace,” Seagal added.
In the same interview he criticized the United State’s policy on Ukraine as “idiotic,” and said that he “would like to consider [Putin] as a brother.”
Ukraine has labeled the actor as a threat to national security and banned him from the country for the next five years. Seagal currently has two films in pre-production, hopefully Hollywood will blacklist him too.