Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order to give Russian citizenship to USA actor Steven Seagal, the Kremlin said on its website on Thursday.
That's not why he got it, though.
"In compliance with Item A of Article 89 of the Russian Federation Constitution, the President issued the order to accord Russian Federation citizenship to Steven Frederic Seagal, born April 10, 1952, in the United States of America", the Kremlin said in a brief official statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with US actor Steven Seagal during the Mixed fight Championship in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Aug. 11, 2012.
Citizenship was granted to veteran French actor Gerard Depardieu in 2013 after he became "a tax exile in ire over rate hikes in his native country".
The action-movie star was awarded the citizenship on Thursday, according to USA Today. Russia's Tass news agency reported that Seagal said during his visit that he was interested in spending several months each year in the country.
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But what exactly qualified him for his citizenship?
There was no immediate known reaction from Seagal.
For Seagal, it's just the latest in his apparent quest for global citizenry.
And of course, where Putin's name goes, Donald Trump's often follows - and so it has in Seagal's Twitter feed, where the actor has regularly retweeted comments in support of the GOP nominee and has made statements of his own slamming Hillary Clinton. Seagal, who is also a keen guitarist, played a concert there the very same year.
Seagal isn't the first Western celebrity to cozy up to Russian Federation.
The pair initially bonded over their love of martial arts.