The brew that Duchovny is pushing is a Russian Siberian beer, Siberian Crown.
"And I found out that being Russian, I'd have many things to be proud of," Duchovny says in the video.
While it's certainly a case of bad timing, Duchovny insists that his role in the commercial has nothing to do with his personal feelings about the politics surrounding Russia and Ukraine.
"I am proud of my Russian, Ukrainian, Scottish and Polish heritage as I am proud of my American heritage," Duchovny told TMZ. "But being proud of one's ancestry is not a political statement on any current government or public policies."
Duchovny tweeted a photo on May 30 when he was likely filming the commercial:
Ground control to Major Ivan pic.twitter.com/glZ5L9YiMD— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) May 30, 2014