Speculations are that Steven Seagal’s cozy relationship with Russian President Vladmir Putin is probably the reason that the American movie actor won’t be allowed to travel into the Ukraine for the next five years.
A Ukrainian security service letter claims that the 65-year-old actor is banned because he has “committed socially dangerous actions…that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security.”
The letter did not provide any specific reasons why Seagal is now considered a security threat to the eastern block country, but the fact that he recently got a Russian passport and publicly said that he “would like to consider [Putin] as a brother’ probably didn’t help his case. Furthermore, Seagal has gotten himself involved in the ongoing dispute between the two countries over the Crimean peninsula, defending Russia’s position of annexation.
That kind of talk caused organizers of a 2014 music festival in Estonia to canceled his appearance.
“We hope that Estonian public will primarily view Seagal as an actor and musician,” said Raul Ukareda, program director for the Estonian festival, “But, as it turned out, everyone sees him only as a politician and Putin loyalist.”
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