November 26, 2016 15:17 IST

Putin gives Russian passport to US actor Steven Seagal

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Vladimir Putin holds a Russian passport before presenting it to Steven Seagal. At a Kremlin ceremony where Seagal signed his new passport in front of Putin, the Russian leader said: "I want to congratulate you and express the hope that this is another, albeit small, gesture and it might be a sign of the gradual normalization of relations between our countries." Credit: Reuters
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Vladimir Putin meets with Steven Seagal at the Kremlin. Seagal is the latest Western celebrity to have been given a Russian passport in the past few years. In 2013, Gerard Depardieu, a French actor, was given citizenship by Putin. Credit: Reuters
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Vladimir Putin holds a Russian passport before presenting it to Steven Seagal. For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 64, has been a regular visitor to Russia. His movies, including such titles as "Under Siege" and "Sniper: Special Ops," are popular with Russian audiences. Credit: Reuters
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with American actor Steven Seagal during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 25, 2016. Putin presented a Russian passport to Seagal on Friday and said he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how the fractious ties between Moscow and Washington are starting to improve. Credit: Reuters