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'Lake Baikal: the very name fills Russian hearts with awe'
Mike Carter, The Observer

Russian citizen Steven Seagal reveals his Siberian roots 

By Olga Gertcyk
09 December 2016

Two weeks after collecting his passport from Vladimir Putin, the Hollywood actor discloses intriguing DNA in his family tree.

'So, we just recently got results of a DNA check and discovered that genetically there is Buryat mixed with Yakutian people.' Picture: Channel 1

The star told how he hopes to visit Lake Baikal 'a lot' because his paternal roots are from here - in the Buddhist republic of Buryatia. But he also has Yakut blood, he said.

'My father comes from Vladivostok,' he told the audience on Andrey Malakhov's talk show Pust Govoryat. We have family from Siberia, we have family from Belarus, family from, apparently, St. Petersburg.

'So, we just recently got results of a DNA check and discovered that genetically there is Buryat mixed with Yakutian people.'

Steven Seagal and his wife

Steven Seagal appeared on the TV show with his Mongolian wife Batsukhyin Erdenetuya. Picture: Cnannel 1

He added: 'I think the Lake Baikal is one of the most sacred and fantastic places on Earth. I look forward to being there a lot.'

Earlier this year, the 64 year old actor and environmental campaigner visited majestic Kronotsky Nature Reserve on the Kamchatka peninsula.

He appeared on the TV show with his Mongolian wife Batsukhyin Erdenetuya who said Michigen-born Seagal - who wants to get a Russian home - was different at home to his rambunctious movie image. 

Steven Seagal in Kronotsky Reserve

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal visits Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Steven Seagal took part in Yakut dancing and tried local delicacies of osuokhay and kumys. Pictures: Kronotsky Nature Reserve, YSIA

'He's different at home, he's very sweet and tender inside. At least, he never ever tried to do anything he's showing in the films. And he's never trained on me,' she said. 

Putin personally handed Seagal his passport and said he hoped it would presage better relations between Moscow and Washington. 

'I would like to congratulate you, and I also hope that this small step will mark the beginning of the gradual improvement in our interstate relations,' said the president. 

Comments (3)

Steven Seagal (originally Steven Siegalman) is NOT Siberian nor is he Russian in any of their ethnic capacities. His father is ashkenazi Jewish born in the US of Ashkenazi Jewish parents who emigrated from the areas of Russia of which he claims descent. So, no, he I not Buryat or Yakut.
01/05/2019 03:27
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU ARE DARWIN! Russia don't want you and neither does your wife. Go move to Alaska and make love to your guns.
Ryan, Canada
27/12/2016 03:57
Like Steven Seagal I'm retired. What can I do to move to Irkutsk, and live out the rest of my life, with my wife and child? I also had a DNA test and have 3% from Eastern Europe around Moscow.
Darwin, USA
13/12/2016 01:46

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