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Steven Seagal bumped from Estonian blues festival over BFF Vladimir Putin

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Sorry, Estonia: You won’t get a taste of Steven Seagal’s soulful blues stylings this year.

The action star, musician and reserve deputy chief of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana lost his headline spot at an Estonian blues festival due to his controversial support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We hoped the Estonian public would first and foremost see Steven Seagal as an actor and a musician. It turns out what they saw was rather a politician and a henchman,” Augustibluus festival director Indrek Ditman said Sunday, according to a report in the U.K.’s Guardian.

Many in the Baltic nation were perturbed by the martial artist and energy-drink purveyor’s recent comments on Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. Seagal called Putin “one of the greatest world leaders alive today” and said his actions in Ukraine were “entirely reasonable.” The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 air disaster bolstered opposition.

Twitter promptly took jabs at the expense of the former stunt man and reported incarnation of 17th-century Buddhist monk Chungdrag Dorje.

“Steven Seagal victim of an Executive Decision. Estonia fest is Out Of Reach,” tweeted user @bluesbiscuits.

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