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Wednesday, 25 May 2022 20:52

Morgan Freeman barred from Russia

Russia has permanently barred 963 Americans including politicians, celebrities, and tech executives from entering the country.

 

The ban, which follows the US sanctions imposed on the country over its invasion of Ukraine in February, was announced on the website of the Russian foreign ministry.

Among the names on the updated list of Americans who are no longer permitted into Russia are President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

The list also includes Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Morgan Freeman, the Academy award-winning actor, 84.

 

Russia’s raid on Ukraine continues after its forces launched a large-scale invasion on February 24 in an attack widely considered to be the first major land conflict in Europe in decades.

Details of the fighting change by the day with hundreds of civilians already reported dead or wounded.

The invasion, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has drawn condemnation around the world and increasingly severe economic sanctions against Russia.

 

Russia’s central bank assets have been frozen, to stop it from using its $630 billion of foreign currency reserves.

The US has also barred Russia from making debt payments using the $600m it holds in US banks, making it harder for Russia to repay its international loans.

Major Russian banks have also been removed from the international financial messaging system Swift.

[TheCable]

 

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