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Mark Zuckerberg blacklisted from Russia

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg among 29 US politicians, executives and media figures blacklisted by Moscow

In response to US sanctions against Russian government officials and their families, Moscow has sanctioned 29 US citizens, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Vice President Kamala Harris. They are banned from entering Russia for an indefinite period.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday the “executives, businessmen, experts and journalists who shape the Russophobic agenda, as well as the spouses of a number of high-ranking officials” are being banned in response to anti-Russian sanctions affecting families of officials, scientists, cultural and business figures

Moscow also sanctioned US politicians and their spouses, starting with Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klein, State Department spokesman Ned Price, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, vice-chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Christopher W. Grady, and the deputy health secretary, listed as “Richard/Rachel Levine.”

In addition to Zuckerberg, Moscow has blacklisted

All have been sanction and added to the blacklist.

  • LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky
  • Presidents and CEOs of military industry giants Northrop Grumman
  • General Dynamics
  • L3 Harris Technologies
  • Leidos, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Drone-maker AeroVironment
  • Director of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies
  • President of the Bank of America

Russian sanctions also named Evan Ryan, spouse of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Margaret Goodlander, wife of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Both hold posts in the Biden administration, Ryan as the White House cabinet secretary and Goodlander as an adviser to the Justice Department. Robert Kagan, husband of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, rounds off the sanctioned spouses list.

US politicians and their spouses sanctioned 

  • Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff
  • White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klein
  •  State Department spokesman Ned Price
  • Pentagon spokesman John Kirby
  • Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks
  • Vice-chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Christopher W. Grady,
  • Deputy health secretary, listed as “Richard/Rachel Levine.”

Bringing up the rear are media personalities the Foreign Ministry accused of “shaping the Russophobic agenda.” These include ABC host George Stephanopoulos, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, CNN analyst Bianna Golodryga, as well as “Meduza” editor Kevin Rothrock, along with two experts from the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center think tanks.

Russia has already sanctioned Blinken, Sullivan, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley, CIA Director William Burns, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, as well as President Joe Biden himself and his son Hunter. They were put on Moscow’s blacklist in mid-March, in response to US sanctions.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that further sanctions announcements are expected in the near future as countermeasures against the hostile actions of the US authorities.

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