But man, watch them make Ukraine disappear!
Yes, that’s Russian President Vladimir Putin with his besty, martial arts immigrant-dislikin’ dude Steven Seagal, who has a very special relationship with Russia, according to a new longread by Buzzfeed’s Max Seddon and Rosie Gray. You see, when relations between Putin and President Obama soured, Russia’s favorite post-Soviet heavy had a plan:
Putin proposed a bold new idea: Make Steven Seagal an honorary consul of Russia in California and Arizona, and thus a potential intermediary between the White House and the Kremlin.
Seagal, the martial artist turned washed-up action hero, was just the man to pull U.S.–Russia relations back from the brink, Putin said, according to four current and former U.S. officials.
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