Russia bans more than 960 Americans from entering country

The updated list included the majority of US senators and members of the House of Representatives, former and current government officials, journalists, military personnel, advocates, citizens, CEOs and even a few deceased individuals.

Longtime Arizona Senator John McCain and Defense Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Melissa Drisko, who both died in 2018, were included on the list.

US President Joe Biden is among those on Russia's stop list.
US President Joe Biden is among the Americans on Russia’s stop list. (AP)

Russia also targeted Hollywood, with actor Morgan Freeman and actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner making the list.

In 2017, Reiner was involved in promoting the group The Committee to Investigate Russia and Freeman was featured in a video on the site.

In a statement, the ministry said the people included “incite Russophobia” and added the Russian “counter-sanctions are of necessity and directed to make the ruling US regime, which tries to impose a neocolonial “rules-based world order” to the rest of the world, to change its behavior by realizing a new geopolitical reality.
Morgan Freeman
Russia also targeted Hollywood, with actor Morgan Freeman making the list. (Getty)

In March, in addition to President Joe Biden, the Russian government added the following individuals to the stop list: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan, CIA Director William Burns, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki and others.

The list also included the President’s son, Hunter Biden, and former US presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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US media outlets have reported former President Donald Trump is not included in the ban.

In a separate announcement on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry also announced the names of 26 Canadians barred from entering the country, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

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