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RUSSIA APPOINTS STEVEN SEAGAL AS SPECIAL ENVOY

Russia has appointed accused sexual harasser Steven Seagal as a "special representative" on U.S.-Russian relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared via Facebook Saturday. (Seagal has denied all allegations of assault).

The role will focus in part on the "sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges," the ministry said.

The foreign ministry likened the unpaid role to the position of goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Seagal became a Russian citizen in 2016 and is a good friend of Russian president Vladimir Putin. In May, he attended Putin’s swearing-in ceremony.

Seagal has spoken out in defense of Putin against allegations his government meddled with the U.S. election.