Steven Seagal enters with a new audience. According to Reuters, the actor and martial artist joined a pro-Kremlin Russian party.
The political alliance known as A Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth on Saturday issued an invitation to become a member of Seagal, posting a video of its induction. The group was formed earlier this year and is an amalgamation of three left-wing parties in Russia, all of which back the country’s president, Vladimir Putin.
Although Seagal himself was born in Michigan, Putin granted him Russian citizenship in 2016.
In his welcome speech to the party, Seagal called for tougher penalties for Russian companies that harm the environment.
“Without being able to stop people, when we just fine them they are probably making more money by producing things that pollute the environment,” Seagal said, according to Reuters.
A Fair Russia – Patriots – For the Truth controls a faction in the lower house of the Russian parliament and plans to participate in parliamentary elections in September.
This is not the first time Seagal has entered political affairs. In 2018, the actor was commissioned by Russia to improve humanitarian relations with the United States. He also visited Venezuela earlier this year as the Russian representative, meeting with the Venezuelan president.
To see the video of Seagal’s induction ceremony below, via Reuters.