Via the Guardian:
Hollywood actor and musician Steven Seagal played a weekend concert in the Crimean peninsula, appearing on a stage adorned with the flag of pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. Seagal and his blues band played on Saturday at a bikers’ show held in the city of Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet. The star has come under fire for supporting Russia’s March annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine, a view that saw him bounced from the lineup at an Estonian blues festival this summer. At the corner of the stage hung the black, blue and red flag of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR), declared independent by pro-Russia rebels fighting to break away from Ukraine. Fans waved Russian and DNR flags as Seagal performed. The US and EU have imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea and for allegedly providing weapons and support to the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Seagal says that he considers Vladimir Putin a friend and a brother. Watch below as he waves a t-shirt adorned with Putin’s face.