After the online publication of pictures of American actor Steven Seagal visiting a Russian prison camp in Ukraine’s Olenivka region, Seagal suddenly found himself at the center of a controversy. At least 50 Ukrainian prisoners were killed and 70 injured in the attack on the prison on July 29. The sighting follows this incident.
The Washington Post previously reported that after the prison attack, Moscow accused Ukrainian forces of destroying the prison camp using US-made HIMARS, or High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. So far, however, no verified discovery has been made to support the claim.
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According to reports, actor Steven Seagal is shooting a documentary in Ukraine’s Donbass region, which is under Russian control. In addition to being a close friend, Seagal serves as the de facto ambassador for relations between the United States and Russia.
Steven Seagal, known for actively supporting Russia and President Vladimir Putin, was spotted in prison amid the rubble. Another image shows inmates communicating with the actor behind bars.
In a video provided by TVZVEZDA, Seagal was introduced as the “Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for Russia-US Humanitarian Relations.”
In the video, Steven Seagal can be heard discussing the attack on Olenivka prison and making references to the HIMARS deployment in Ukraine.
It definitely resembles a rocket. It is obvious that firing and other factors rule out a bomb. Not to mention that Russia actually has a large collection of HIMARS artifacts. Here HIMARS struck, killing 50 people and injuring another 70.
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NEW: Film allegedly showing Steven Seagal in Olenivka Prison, scene of the murder of Ukrainian prisoners from Azovstal. According to Russian media, Seagal met with the remaining inmates and observed the remains of the HIMARS rocket, which was being built in the US. According to @Tass, he is producing a documentary about Donbass.
The actor apparently presented a conspiracy idea, according to the website, that Ukrainian forces used HIMARS at the event to mute a Nazi prisoner who allegedly spoke negatively about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy:
The fact that one of the murdered Nazis was a Nazi who had just started talking about Zelenskyi frequently, and the fact that Zelenskyi was responsible for issuing torture orders and other atrocities that violated not only the Geneva War Convention, but also committing crimes against humanity is interesting.
Oliver Alexander, an open-source intelligence analyst, investigated the veracity of Seagal’s video. He told the Military Times:
“[That’s] not how I would expect this ‘smoking evidence’ to be handled when Russia 1. believes it is genuine evidence and 2. intends to allow UN investigators into the compound,” he writes Author.
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According to Steven Seagal’s visit to Olenivka prison camp, Russia has been sitting on the same bench with its “definitive evidence of Ukraine’s HIMARS strike” for about two weeks.
Not how such “evidence” would normally be treated.
He added that the images of Seagal’s surroundings matched the images of Olenivka prison previously released by the BBC. The Odessa Journal also confirmed his presence in the camp.
Although Steven Seagal was born in the United States, President Putin reportedly granted him Russian citizenship in 2006.
Analysis of Steven Seagal’s story and race
Steven Seagal is reportedly a citizen of the US, Serbia and Russia.
American actor, martial artist and screenwriter Steven Seagal hails from. He was conceived on April 10, 1952 in Lansing, Michigan by Patricia and Samuel Seagal. His mother apparently worked as a medical technician and his father was a high school teacher.
While Patricia was of Irish descent, Samuel was Jewish. Seagal’s paternal ancestors were immigrants from Russia who were Jews.
At the age of five, the actor and his parents moved to Fullerton, California. He attended Buena Park High School in California and then completed his graduate education at Fullerton College. During his teenage years, Seagal mostly listened to music in his garage.
The actor moved to Japan between 1971 and 1973, motivated by a friendly elderly Japanese man he met while working at a dojo in Garden Grove.
His encounter with Miyako Fujitani, a second-degree black belt and descendant of an aikido master, took place in Los Angeles after he returned to California in 1974. After returning to Osaka, Seagal married Fujitani. Together they are parents of two children.
The ‘Hard to Kill’ actor also began teaching at a Japanese school run by Fujitani’s family before returning to Taos, New Mexico, with fellow stuntman student at the time, Craig Dunn. The two also founded a dojo in Taos.
In 1983 Steven Seagal traveled to Japan again before returning to the United States with his student Haruo Matsuoka. Another aikido dojo was founded by the couple in North Hollywood and eventually moved to West Hollywood, where it operated until 1997.
The Above the Law actor is reportedly a citizen of Serbia, Russia and the United States. He was born in the United States, where he holds Jus Soli citizenship. After several trips to Serbia, he received citizenship in 2016 and was invited to teach aikido to the Serbian special forces.
Vladimir Putin’s stalwart Steven Seagal has long openly supported the annexation of Crimea. He is said to have received Russian citizenship on November 3, 2016, and Putin is said to have given him a Russian passport.