Steven Seagal was filmed expressing his love and support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies over a lavish meal in Moscow on Sunday to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Video circulating on social media shows the former Hollywood activist giving a speech at the function on April 10, surrounded by several Russian elites who were targeted by Western sanctions during Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Polarizing Russian state television host Vladimir Soloviev, who openly supported Putin’s invasion and accused Britain of orchestrating the horrific scenes of civilian killings in Bucha, is on Seagal’s left.
Margarita Simonyan, one of Russia’s leading pro-Kremlin media mogul and editor-in-chief of RT, was also present, according to the Financial Times.
Both were placed on the EU’s sanctions list during the Russian invasion of its neighboring country.
Dressed in his usual black shirt and yellow-tinted glasses, the activist declared to the pro-Putin crowd: “All of you, you are my family and my friends. And I love you all and we stand together through thick and thin.”
Video circulating on social media shows the former Hollywood activist giving a speech at the function on April 10, surrounded by several Russian elites who were targeted by Western sanctions during Russia’s war in Ukraine. (Russian state television host Vladimir Soloviev is pictured to the left of Seagal, pictured to the right)
Despite the West’s unanimous denunciation of the invasion of Ukraine, it should come as no surprise that Seagal is raving about his love for his Russian comrades – he was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and is an old friend of Putin’s.
Polarizing Russian state television host Vladimir Soloviev (L), who openly supported Putin’s invasion and accused Britain of orchestrating the horrific scenes of civilian murders in Bucha, sits to Seagal’s left. Margarita Simonyan (R), one of Russia’s leading pro-Kremlin media mogul and editor-in-chief of RT, was also in attendance, according to the Financial Times.
Despite the West’s unanimous denunciation of the invasion of Ukraine, it should come as no surprise that Seagal becomes so lyrical about his love for his Russian comrades.
The American actor, a longtime friend of Putin’s, was given a Russian passport in 2016 after expressing his support for the annexation of Crimea two years earlier, and was named Russia’s special envoy to the US in 2018.
The couple has been pictured together a number of times and it is believed that they bonded because of their mutual love of martial arts.
Seagal has been practicing aikido for a long time, while Putin is known to have studied judo and the Russian martial art of sambo from an early age. They have attended many sporting events together and Seagal spoke up last year
The Russian president was suspended as president of the International Judo Federation several weeks ago in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
Seagal has previously described Putin as “one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today,” saying in a February interview with Fox News Digital that a propaganda by an “external entity” pitted Russia and Ukraine against each other. .
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and American action film actor Steven Seagal (R) visit a newly built sports complex of the prominent wrestling school Sambo-70 in Moscow
The pair have been photographed together a number of times and are believed to have bonded because of their mutual love of martial arts (Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with American actor Steven Seagal (L) during the Mixed Fight Championship in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 11, 2012)
American actor Steven Seagal attends a gathering of the ‘A Just Russia – For Truth’ party in Moscow, Russia May 29, 2021
“Most of us have friends and family in Russia and Ukraine,” he told Fox News Digital.
“I see both of them as one family and really believe that they are an outside entity that spends huge sums of money on propaganda to provoke the two countries to disagree.”
On April 10, the day Seagal celebrated his birthday with the Russian elite, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol said more than 10,000 civilians had died after weeks of Russian bombing and starvation caused by the siege.
A day later, an international team of forensic investigators arrived in the town of Bucha, northwest of Kiev, where the excavation and investigation of more than a thousand civilians began.
Ukrainian authorities say more than 1,200 bodies have been found in the area and are weighing cases against ‘500 suspects’, including Putin and other top officials.
On Monday, work of exhuming bodies from a mass grave in a cemetery in Bucha resumed after more than 400 dead civilians were discovered. The majority had been shot.
Meanwhile, Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko yesterday echoed Soloviev’s sentiments, declaring reports of the Bucha massacre as fake and part of a Western propaganda plan.
‘When [Western leaders] Say ”Bucha” to me, I ask them – ”Have you ever been to Raqqa? Have you seen this Syrian city being destroyed by American planes?” Putin said.
Corpses lay in the ruins for months, decomposing. Nobody cared. Nobody even noticed.’
Lukashenko went even further, stating that the Russian Security Service (FSB) could even prove that the events in Bucha were in fact fabricated by British and other Western criminals to discredit the Russian “military operation” in Ukraine.