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U.S. actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Steven Seagal is in Moscow as a brand innovations ?ambassador? of a Russian IT company. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ukraine deemed Steven Seagal a threat to national security and banned him from the country


Ukraine has banned movie star Steven Seagal because he is a threat to national security, The Guardian reported.

The Ukrainian security service announced the decision in a letter published to news site Apostrophe. 

The letter detailed that Seagal had “committed socially dangerous actions that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security."

Likely contributing to that decision is Seagal's extremely positive attitude towards Russia. The actor became a Russian citizen in 2016 and was handed a Russian passport by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Seagal has long admired the former Soviet Union. He's eaten with Belarusian "dictator" Alexander Lukashesko, participated in the Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, and visited Chechnya. 

Seagal is the star of the 1992 film "Under Siege."

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Russian passport for U.S. actor Steven Seagal during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Putin has given the passport to Seagal, a regular visitor to Russia in recent years, calling it a sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin had cited Seagal's regular visits as a sign of a "thaw" in relations between the U.S. and Russia. 

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