"Everywhere you look in Russian Federation - the terms of Steven Seagal", wrote the editor of the Bureau of si-EN-EN in Moscow Nathan Hodge.
Steven Seagal, a martial artist, is popular in Europe and Russian circles for his action movies.
The position is unpaid, said Russian officials, who compared the role to that of a U.N. goodwill ambassador - a distinguished volunteer who calls attention to the work of the United Nations.
But since then relations between the two countries have deteriorated, with U.S intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The Russian Embassy in the United States also confirmed the appointment on Twitter. The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.
The president has said on multiple occasions that he believes the US would benefit from improving relations with Russian Federation. He starred in film such as Under Siege and Above The Law.More news: Venezuela's Maduro blames 'assassination' attempt on Colombia
The Independent says that Seagal has "faced some criticism for some comments he has made about the controversial Russian leader", including describing Putin as "one of the greatest world leaders" during a 2013 interview.
About it reports on Saturday a press-service of the MFA of Russian Federation. President Putin, while presenting Seagal a Russian passport in 2016, said that he hoped the gesture would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.
For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 66, has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with USA actor Steven Seagal after presenting a Russian passport to him during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 25, 2016.
In a video of the event, Putin and Seagal shake hands.