(AllHipHop News) The late Tupac Shakur is definitely a global icon, but that point was made even clearer when a top aide to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin name dropped the Hip Hop legend as one of the few things from America he enjoys.
After finding out President Barack Obama placed him on a list of people who had their assets frozen, Vladislav Surkov responded by stating being blacklisted was an honor. He went on to add that he is not too concerned, because his interest in the United States only includes three things.
“I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock,” Surkov told a Russian newspaper. “I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.”
Surkov was among seven Russian citizens President Obama hit with sanctions after the Ukrainian province of Crimea voted to break away from the country and join Russia. The U.S. and the European Union have refused to recognize the Crimean secession.
President Putin has already officially declared Crimea an independent state. Many foreign policy experts expect Putin to annex the section into Russia.