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Action Star Seagal Backs Putin, Plays Down Sochi Threat

Published: January 31, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • Seagal urged U.S. President Barack Obama to pursue closer ties with Russia.
    Photo: Kremlin.ru

Action hero Steven Seagal has played down security fears ahead of the Sochi Olympics, equating the threat of terrorism with that of going out to buy a bag of sugar and getting hit by a car.

With the Olympic Games little more than a week away, the action star — who counts President Vladimir Putin among his acquaintances — appeared on Fox News' Huckerbee show, telling the host that the chances of a terrorist attack were "extremely remote."

"They've got amazing assets in place with great liaison over the world. President Putin is doing the very, very best he can...so it's going to be pretty tough for anybody to pull it off," he said.

The country's Alfa counterterrorism units, whom Seagal said he knew "very, very well," were singled out for particular praise, with the actor calling them "some of the best anti-terrorist crack commandos in the world."

Related: Seagal’s New Russian Role

"By virtue of the fact that they have so much experience, you couldn't have a better group of guys out there searching for [terrorists], getting rid of them, or getting them neutralized," Seagal said in the interview, which aired Jan. 26.

Seagal also urged U.S. President Barack Obama — who enjoys a notoriously frosty relationship with President Putin — to pursue closer ties with Russia, saying "they should be our great allies."

"They are a very powerful country with spectacular natural resources and a wonderful leadership...one of the only ways we are going to survive without getting swallowed by other superpowers or being adversely affected is to be best friends with Russia," he said.

Seagal has traveled to Russia several times in the past few years, spending time with fellow martial arts lover President Putin and also traveling to Chechnya to meet the region's notorious leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.





 


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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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