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03/11/2016 3:26 PM IST | Updated 03/11/2016 10:39 PM IST

Vladimir Putin Grants Russian citizenship To U.S. Actor Steven Seagal

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S. actor Steven Seagal while visiting an oceanarium at Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia, September 4, 2015. Putin urged domestic and foreign investors on Friday to help develop Russia's vast Far East region, promising high returns and reassuring Asia-Pacific economies about their strategic importance. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S. actor Steven Seagal while visiting an oceanarium at Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia, September 4, 2015. Putin urged domestic and foreign investors on Friday to help develop Russia's vast Far East region, promising high returns and reassuring Asia-Pacific economies about their strategic importance. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
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Steven Seagal met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an oceanarium at Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia, last year.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order to give Russian citizenship to U.S. actor Steven Seagal, the Kremlin said on its website on Thursday.

Commenting on the subject on a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Seagal has repeatedly asked for Russian citizenship.

Seagal is famous for his “warm feelings towards Russia” that he has never concealed, Peskov said.

“At the same time, he is a rather well-known actor, which became the reason for granting him Russian Federation citizenship,” Peskov said.

Seagal, who according to his own website is 64, is the latest Western celebrity who has been given a Russian passport in the past few years. In 2013, Gerard Depardieu, a French actor, was given Russian citizenship by Putin.