Hollywood action hero Steven Seagal has become a Ruski by adopting his eastern heritage.
After numerous journeys to the east and to Serbia and Russia, Hollywood Star Steven Seagal has fallen for the eastern culture and has become known as Seagalovic, the sheriff from the east.
The 63-year-old actor, producer and master in the art of Aikido has been granted Serbian citizenship and has offered to open a martial arts school in the capital, Belgrade.
A father of seven, Seagal was received twice by President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in December 2015. At the time, he stated that he would do “everything possible to promote Serbia” around the world. He also underscored his wish to set up an Aikido school in Belgrade, officials stated.
The famous aikido master, who has an “Aikido 7th Dan,” was invited to train Serbian police forces in Aikido. Seagal has practiced the Japanese martial art since he was seven years old, and used his abilities many times in movies. He is known for the films: “Machete,” “Half Past Dead,” “Submerged,” and “Today You Die.”
During his December visit, Segal was honored with a “Karic Brothers Fund” award for humanitarian activities. The actor said he was proud to accept an award which was also given to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Seagal is respected in Russia not only for his professional aikido and film careers, but also for his political support for Moscow in light of current tensions between Russia and the West. The actor, invited to Russia to demonstrate his aikido skills in early December 2015, told journalists he had Russian roots and loved the country.
Serbia is facing an imposing set of regulations from the EU, including that it improve its relations with Kosovo, to attain membership in the bloc. Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008.
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