When future historians write about relations between U.S. and Russia, what will they say about the role played by Pamela Anderson?
The Baywatch ‘icon’ has recently become Wikileaks renegade Julian Assange’s representative on earth. Now she has said she is open to becoming a Russian citizen. “I have a Canadian passport and an American passport—I would gladly have a Russian passport,” Anderson, 48, told Russian news agency Tass. “It would be easier to get here.”
Anderson added: “I love Russia. I may have very strong connections with Russia. My mom is a little bit Russian, I guess, generations ago. So I feel a connection to the culture and people. I think that Russians really get things done.”
Last month, action star Steven Seagal was granted Russian citizenship by President Putin, while French actor Gerard Depardieu and American mixed martial artist Jeff Monson have also gotten Soviet passports.
A year ago Anderson was feted in the Kremlin when a rare female Amur leopard, in the Land of the Leopard National Park, near Russia’s border with China, was named after her. Head of the presidential administration, Sergey Ivanov, presented a certificate and a photographic portrait of the big cat to the resting actress.
Anderson said at the time: “I don’t know anything about the middle of Russia. I’ve been to Vladivostok, I’ve been to Moscow, St. Petersburg. But what’s in the middle?’
She declared an intention to cross Siberia by train and added that Americans “have no idea how beautiful” Russia is.
Earlier this week, Anderson issued a statement to People Magazine calling for Julian Assange’s release. In it, she said: “Julian is an editor and a publisher. There are laws in place to protect him. But they are not being applied. He still cannot leave the Embassy of Ecuador in London while elaborate plots against him and made up sexual allegations could result in him being extradited to the U.S. — where he would not be treated fairly — because of his exposure of truths.”
Anderson added: “[Assange] is a hero. One day everyone will realize. But until now, this man has missed seven Christmases with his children and is kept in difficult and tremendously stressful conditions—while doing us all a great service. Everyone in the world has benefited because of WikiLeaks — he has sacrificed so much — to simply share the truth.”