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The 66-year-old martial arts star - who rose to fame in the 1980's and 1990's for his roles in movies such as "Above the Law" and "Under Siege" - was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and is a vocal supporter of President Vladimir Putin. There's an ongoing investigation into whether or not, and to what extent, Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, a Russian national is accused of trying to infiltrate and influence the Republican Party, and Donald Trump vacillates between working as a fluffer for Vladimir Putin and then warning that Russians will try to illegally swing the 2018 midterm election to Democrats.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that it had appointed the action star as a "special representative" for Russian-American humanitarian relations.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador and said that the actor, who is known for his martial arts prowess, would receive no salary.

It is the latest honour Russian Federation has bestowed upon Seagal. -Russian relations. The title bestowed upon him is that of a "special representative" for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The once-prolific actor has been recruited to deepen ties with the U.S.in the humanitarian field, assisting "cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges", according to Russia's foreign ministry. "I take this honor very seriously".

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Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, Russia, and the two men share a passion for martial arts.

The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has robustly defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticised the USA government.

Russian Federation isn't the only country offering overtures to Seagal.

Seagal does seem particularly interested in the former Soviet Union.

Steven Seagal once referred to Putin as "one of the great living world leaders".