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Barack Obama Among 500 Americans Banned From Russia In Retaliation For US Sanctions

The ministry also said Russia had refused the latest US request for consular access to detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in March on suspicion of spying.

Moscow: Russia on Friday said it banned 500 Americans, including previous president Barack Obama, because of authorizations forced by Washington.

“In response to the anti-Russian sanctions regularly imposed by the Biden administration entry into the Russian Federation is closed for 500 Americans,” the foreign ministry said, adding that Obama was among those on the list.

On Friday, the United States added hundreds of additional organizations and people to its approvals boycott as it widened endeavors to interfere with Russia’s economy over the Ukraine hostility.

“Washington should have taken in quite some time in the past that not a solitary unfriendly step against Russia will be left unanswered,” the unfamiliar service said.

Among those recorded were TV has Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers.

CNN anchor Erin Burnett and MSNBC moderators Rachel Maddow and Joe Scarborough were likewise included.

Russia said it boycotted congresspersons, legislators, and individuals from think tanks “engaged with the spread of Russophobic mentalities and fakes” and the heads of organizations that “supply weapons to Ukraine.”

In a similar proclamation, Russia said it had denied a consular visit to keep US writer Evan Gershkovich, captured in Spring on cases of spying.

The refusal was set off by a refusal from Washington to give visas to writers venturing out to the Unified Countries with Unfamiliar Pastor Sergei Lavrov in April.