How Kanye West is following Kim Kardashian and Dennis Rodman's footsteps in cozying up to world leaders like Kim Jong-un

How Kanye West is following Kim Kardashian and Dennis Rodman's footsteps in cozying up to world leaders like Kim Jong-un

RAPPER Kanye West is set to meet Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in the coming months as he plans to expand his business ventures in the country.

The music star looks likely to follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian and Dennis Rodman who have previously met world leaders.



Ye’s confidant and strategic advisor Ameer Sudan revealed that Russia is going to be the rapper’s “second home”.

He told Billboard: “He will be spending a lot of time out there.”

Kanye is planning on holding several Sunday Service shows in the country.

Ye is set to join an illustrious list of celebs including movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Seagal who have previously met the strongman.

STEVEN SEAGAL

Bob Van Ronkel, the producer of Doors to Hollywood, reportedly helped introduce Seagal to Putin, according to NPR.

He told the outlet: “I was hired to bring Steven Seagal to perform with his band for another event with President Putin, so kind of was responsible for that introduction, and Steven becoming best friends with him.”

Seagal, who branded Putin “one of the greatest living world leaders”, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016.

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The pair was snapped shaking hands after Putin handed Seagal a passport at the Kremlin.

Putin said: “I congratulate you” before Seagal responded in Russian: “Thank you very much.”

Seagal rubbished allegations that the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election, which saw Donald Trump sweep into power.

He told Good Morning Britain in 2017: “For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the election, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid.”

In 2018, he was appointed as special envoy as Moscow tried to improve relations with Washington during the Trump administration.

Movie star Seagal said he was left "humbled and honored" following his appointment.

LEONARDO DI CAPRIO

Titanic star DiCaprio met Putin at a conference on the Siberian tiger that was held in St Petersburg in 2010.

He told the German outlet Welt am Sonntag: “Putin and I talked only about the protection of these magnificent animals, not politics.”

DiCaprio was blighted with several problems before his meeting with the politician.

His first plane was forced to make an emergency landing in New York and strong gusts meant his second flight had to detour to Helsinki.

Putin branded the actor a “muzhik” for overcoming his travel difficulties and making it to the conference.

DiCaprio, star of the western film The Revenant, admitted that he would love to play the politician in a movie, branding him “very, very, very interesting.”

But, he revealed that he didn't want to follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Ronald Reagan who switched from the big screen into the theatre of politics.

DENNIS RODMAN

Former Chicago Bulls star Rodman was invited to North Korea in 2013 and sparked an unlikely friendship with Kim Jong-un.

Speaking on Mike Tyson's Hotboxin podcast in May 2020, he revealed the ruthless despot invited him to a night of wild partying after they watched an exhibition game together.

Rodman said Kim told him: "Let's have dinner tonight, a little karaoke and have some vodka, some hotties' and stuff like that."

The American sportsman sensationally claimed that the pair got "drunk as s***" while enjoying some music.

He said: "Next thing I know, we are having dinner and we are drunk as s***, he starts singing karaoke and I have no clue what the f*** he's talking about."

Rodman also claimed that brutal dictator Kim is a "great dad" and an "awesome guy."

He previously spoke about partying with the North Korean leader at his resort in Wonsan located on the kingdom's eastern coast.

Rodman said: "Kim’s island is amazing. It’s like going to Hawaii or Ibiza — but he’s the only one that lives there.

“He's got 50 to 60 people around him all the time — just normal people, drinking cocktails and laughing the whole time.

"If you drink a bottle of tequila, it's the best tequila. Everything you want, he has the best."

KIM KARDASHIAN

Reality TV star Kardashian is a strong campaigner for prison reform in the US.

She tried to free Chris Young in September 2018 – who received a life sentence for dealing drugs.

Kardashian told Jason Flom’s "Wrongful Conviction" podcast: “I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case – got life. It’s so unfair. He’s 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years.”

She revealed that Young was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

Kardashian also played an influential role as she ensured Alice Johnson was freed from prison.

Johnson, a grandmother, was jailed for 21 years for a non-violent drug offense.

She was released after Kardashian successfully petitioned directly to President Trump.

Kim told Vogue in 2019: “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency, and I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, s***. I need to know more.

"I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair.

"But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case."

Kim continued: “It’s never one person who gets things done; it’s always a collective of people, and I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society.

"I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”

Kardashian revealed that she called Ivanka to campaign in favor of Johnson’s release, according to Page Six.

And, the reality TV star branded her husband and former Trump aide Jared Kushner “passionate” when it came to changing sentencing laws.

She said: “I figured Ivanka [Trump] would totally understand and feel the same thing that I felt. So my first call was to Ivanka.”

Trump also granted clemency to Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron.



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