The conflict in Ukraine has had a lot of horrible consequences, but also a number of strange ones. The latest involves martial arts actor Steven Seagal and the small nation of Estonia.
The Steven Seagal Blues Band was set to play at next month’s Augustibluus event in the country, but the festival’s organiser, Raul Ukareda, has stated clearly that that will not be the case now, due to the actor’s continuing support of Russia and their controversial president Putin.
The actor supports Putin’s actions in Ukraine and has labelled American diplomacy over the conflict as ‘idiotic.’
Seagal also once again confirmed that he supports the idea of Russia taking over of Crimea.
He and Putin have been friends for years, having bonded over their joint love for martial arts. The actor has previously said that, “I would like to think I know him well. But I know him well enough to know that he is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader alive.”
Ukareda explained to the news source DELFI that they cancelled Seagal’s slot because of the ‘negative associations’ with the martial arts/acting star.
“We had hoped that the Estonian public will primarily view Seagal as an actor and musician,” he stated.
“But, as it turned out, everyone sees him only as a politician and Putin loyalist.”
Before the news, Estonian singer Tonis Magi had started a public campaign to ensure that the Putin supporters had nothing to do with the festival. It looks as though they have succeeded.