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Actor Steven Seagal has become better known for his controversial views lately than anything he has done on the big screen. His latest controversial act came during a performance in Crimea on Sunday. While on stage, he was surrounded by pro-Russian separatist flags and reportedly told the crowd, “I’m Russian.”
Seagal was performing in the Black Sea port city Sevastopol, where the Night Wolves, a Russian nationalist motorcycle gang, had invited him to sing and play the blues with his band. According to the Associated Press, RIA Novosti said that a member of the audience gave the actor a shirt with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face on it.
He held the shirt up and thanked the crowd. “I’m Russian,” he told them, adds The Daily Mail.
Russia annexed Crimea in March and fighting between the Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern half of the country has not stopped. Back in March, Seagal praised Putin’s actions, calling the U.S. policy on Ukraine “idiotic.”
“(Putin's) desire to protect the Russian-speaking people of Crimea, his assets, and the Russian Black Sea military base in Sevastopol … is very reasonable,” Seagal told Russian state television at the time, Moscow Times reported.
Seagal is best known for his ‘80s and ‘90s action hits, like Above the Law and Under Siege.
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