#MICHIGANCONNECTION: Action-star Steven Seagal teases run as Russian governor

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Michigan-born action-movie star Steven Seagal has aspirations of running for office in Russia, he revealed Wednesday.  But he’s likely out of luck unless he considers renouncing his United States citizenship.

Currently, Steven Seagal has two passports besides the Russian citizenship granted to him by President Vladimir Putin.  As well as being a U.S. citizen, he received Serbian citizenship thanks to Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in 2016.

It is unclear as to whether he was serious about his political ambitions,  though he has previously spoken about working in Russia’s Far East.  Last month he was named Moscow’s envoy to the United States “on issues of Russian-American humanitarian ties.

“My father’s family is from here,” Mr. Seagal said during the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival in Vladivostok, state-owned media reported. “Every time I come here, I want to see more of the Primorsky Krai and become your governor.”

A Russian governor cannot hold citizenship or residency for any other country besides Russia.

Seagal is one of several western celebrities who have received Russian nationality, as actor Gerard Depardieu, boxer Roy Jones Jr. and MMA fighter Jeff Monson have done the same in recent years.

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