Being Russian means standing for the truth and fighting for it, Steven Seagal says
Steven Seagal attends the inaugural meeting of the International Russophile Movement in Moscow, Russia on March 14, 2023. © Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev
Movie star Steven Seagal made an appearance at the inaugural meeting of the International Russophile Movement in Moscow on Tuesday, revealing he was actually “a million percent Russian” himself. The actor received Russian citizenship back in 2016 and currently serves as a special envoy of the Russian Foreign Ministry on humanitarian relations between Moscow and Washington.
Speaking at a press conference following the event, Seagal said that roughly half of Americans still “love” Russia despite the ongoing international turmoil. The actor also spoke about his ancestry – his grandfather immigrated to America from Russia – revealing what it means for him to be Russian.
“To be Russian is to stand for the truth, to fight for the truth. … I can say that I am one hundred percent Russophile and a million percent Russian,” Seagal stated.
On the sidelines of the event, the actor also spoke to RT, commenting on the Order of Friendship recently awarded to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Order is among the top Russian honors, awarded to foreign nationals for achievements in fostering international cooperation.
“I was tremendously honored. I think President Putin was extremely kind to do that. I was tremendously honored, I hope to live up to that,” he said.