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Steven Seagal banned from Ukraine for 5 years

Steven Seagal banned from Ukraine for 5 years

The country of Ukraine has banned Seagal for five years for being a national security risk.

Seagal has "committed socially risky actions" that jeopardized Ukraine's security, the country's security service alleged in a letter published by news site Apostrophe - just five months after Putin hand-delivered the actor a Russian passport.

A letter released to the media by Ukranian security services confirmed the politically-charged decision, stating Seagal "committed socially risky actions... that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine's security".

Steven Seagal is under siege in the Ukraine.

Seagal became a Russian citizen in November 2016 when Putin granted him a Russian passport.

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Perhaps the Ukranian government didn't want to admit that they are denying Seagal entry after hearing his embarrassing dad blues song "Talk to My Ass."

However, Seagal once participated in a pro-Putin motorcycle rally in Crimea, a disputed peninsula that Russian Federation annexed in 2014 after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a revolution.

President Putin has actually granted Seagal Russian citizenship, which is said to have sparked Ukraine's decision. Ukraine probably just doesn't want him getting drunk and peeing all over the place, though.

Steven Seagal has been banned from entering Ukraine after being branded a national security threat.

During the Obama administration, Seagal often praised the Kremlin while criticizing US foreign policy.

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The 65-year-old actor has for years cultivated a friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, bonding over their love of martial arts and shared macho images.

After the ban, Seagal is the latest of several cultural figures to be blacklisted, including French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Seagal has previously praised Putin as "one of the world's greatest leaders".

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