18 May 2021 12:06
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and American action movie actor Steven Seagal visited a newly built wrestling school in Moscow in 2013.
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How Did Steven Seagal And Vladimir Putin Become BFFs? Bob Van Ronkel Introduced Them
For the past two decades, Bob Van Ronkel has been the Forrest Gump of U.S.-Russia relations.
He helped introduce Steven Seagal to Vladimir Putin. He helped introduce Jim Carrey to Oleg Deripaska, the now-sanctioned aluminum tycoon.
Then there were Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Lara Flynn Boyle and more, all making visits to Russia — Van Ronkel was even there when Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant visited Moscow.