Russia released its updated “shutdown list” on Saturday, barring a total of 963 U.S. officials and senior figures from entering the country.
The updated list included the majority of U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives, former and current government officials, journalists, military personnel, lawyers, citizens, CEOs — and even a few deceased people.
longtime Arizona. Senator John McCain and Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Melissa Drisko, who both died in 2018, were on the list.
Russia has also targeted Hollywood, with actor Morgan Freeman and actor/filmmaker Rob Reiner on the list. In 2017, Reiner took part in promoting The Committee to Investigate Russia, and Freeman was featured in a video on the site.
Mike Pompeo, a former secretary of state under President Donald Trump, was also on the list. He previously spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin about his election interference in the US election.
The ministry accused those on the list of inciting “Russophobia”.
(These) counter-sanctions are a necessity and are meant to make the ruling US regime, which is trying to impose a neo-colonial “rules-based world order” on the rest of the world, change its behavior by becoming aware of a new geopolitical reality. »
The growing list also includes several CNN contributors, although listed by their former positions, not by their CNN association. They are David Axelrod, John Kasich, Wesley Clark, James Clapper and Susan Glasser.
CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh, editor of international security, is also on the stop list. Walsh is a British citizen.
In another announcement on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the names of 26 Canadians barred from entering the country, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.