On Saturday May 21, Russia’s foreign minister released a list of 963 American citizens who are banished from travelling to the country over their support of US-imposed “anti-Russian sanctions” a little ahead of three months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As indicated by the Washington Post, the list of those restricted from entering Russia includes: US president Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris, journalists, Lawmakers, Award winning actor Morgan Freeman and colleague actor and movie producer Rob Reiner.
In a news discharge, the foreign minister of Russia said:
“In the context of response to the constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and in connection with incoming requests about the personal composition of our national ‘stop list’, the Russian Foreign Ministry publishes a list of American citizens who are permanently banned from entering the Russian Federation.”
The justification for barring Academy Award winner Freeman — portrayed as a “famous actor” by Russia — supposedly traces all the way back to September 2017 when the 84-year-old recorded a video message blaming Russia for planning against the United States and calling for a battle against Russia.
Freeman had portrayed a PSA for the Committee to Investigate Russia, a meeting which was set up to make mindfulness about Moscow’s impedance in the US official political decision which saw Hillary Clinton lose to Donald Trump in November 2016.
In the PSA, Freeman said:
“We have been attacked. We are at war. Imagine this movie script: a former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge. Taking advantage of the chaos, he works his way up through the ranks of a post-Soviet Russia and becomes president.
“He establishes an authoritarian regime, then he sets his sights on his sworn enemy: the United States.”
Other eminent names on the “stop list” include US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, Texas congressperson Ted Cruz, Democrat House delegate Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, president Joe Biden’s child Hunter, Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulous and various US legislators who are late, including John McCain, Harry M Reid and Orrin G Hatch.
In its statement, Russia’s foreign ministry said it was “open to honest, mutually respectful dialogue, separating the American people who are always respected by us, from the US authorities who incite Russophobia, and those who serve them”.
As per the Washington Post report, the ban includes US citizens from “varying backgrounds”, including a LGBT+ extremist, rabbis and a Yale University teacher.
Meanwhile, former US president Donald Trump has been omitted from the list of restricted Americans — but it incorporates former VP Mike Pence.