On Monday, Russia announced it has permanently banned an additional 25 Americans from visiting the country, brining those who fall under the category of “closed” to over a thousand. Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn, along with other public figures, are the most recent additions to the list.
Both Stiller and Penn traveled to Ukraine to meet with president Zelensky.
A Russian Foreign Ministry statement announcing the bans also includes business people and high-ranking officials such as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, a member of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council.
The Kremlin said that the list was “in response to the ever-expanding personal sanctions by the Biden administration against Russian citizens.”
Although the Russian Foreign Ministry statement did not explain how the list of those to be banned was put together, Penn and Stiller have traveled to Ukraine and held meetings with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the invasion, Fortune reported.
When Stiller visited in June, he said to the Ukrainian leader, “You’re my hero.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry statement revealed:
Statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the introduction of personal sanctions
against US citizens
The following is a list of names of American citizens who are included in the Russian “stop list”, based on the principle of reciprocity:
The hostile actions of the American authorities, which continue to follow a Russophobic course, destroying bilateral ties and escalating confrontation between Russia and the United States, will continue to be resolutely rebuffed.
A full list of US citizens who fall under the category of “closed” can be found here.
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