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Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin Open Martial Arts Center Together

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Steven Seagal and Vladimir Putin Open Martial Arts Center Together
By Nina Porzucki â?? March 15, 2013 â?? Post a comment
Russian President Vladimir Putin and actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow (photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool/ Reuters)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow (photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool/ Reuters)

If Steven Seagal needed a little something extra to round out his repertoire of action film star, energy drink creator, martial arts master, musician, and reincarnated lama, this just might be it.

On Thursday Steven Seagal and his good buddy Vladimir Putin opened up a martial arts center together in Moscow.

With the opening of the new martial arts center Seagal helped Putin launch or re-launch a Soviet-era style mass physical sports program for Russian kids.

Anchor Marco Werman spoke with Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, Fred Weir about Seagal's status in Russia.