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Russia permanently bans 25 US citizens including Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Russia permanently bans 25 US citizens including Sean Penn, Ben Stiller and Senator Kyrsten Sinema in latest retaliation for Washington’s sanctions

  • Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the sanctions were in response to “ever-expanding personal sanctions” imposed by the United States
  • Several Democratic and Republican senators are on Moscow’s new sanctions list
  • The Biden administration’s secretary of commerce, Gina Raimondo, is also named
  • The US imposed sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s alleged lover Alina Kabaeva in August

The Russian government placed a permanent ban on 25 more Americans on Monday, including actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn.

Moscow’s foreign ministry said the sanctions were in response to “ever-growing personal sanctions” imposed by Washington.

The list also includes several US Senators, including Arizona Democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly; Florida Republican Rick Scott; Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey; and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.

Biden administration Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo was also sanctioned alongside Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew Axelrod.

The statement did not provide additional details about why or how the sanctioned Americans were selected.

The United States has sanctioned scores of Russian officials and Kremlin-linked elites since leader Vladimir Putin ordered a brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Actors Penn and Stiller have both visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Hollywood’s most outspoken critics of the Russian attack.

Actor and director Sean Penn attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Russia's continued assault on Ukraine June 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Actor and director Sean Penn attends a meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine June 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Hollywood actor and Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller meets with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy June 20, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine, as Russia's assault on Ukraine continues

Hollywood actor and Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller meets with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy June 20, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues

Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema (pictured August 6, 2022) is among a handful of U.S. senators sanctioned by Russia on Monday

Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema (pictured August 6, 2022) is among a handful of U.S. senators sanctioned by Russia on Monday

Penn, known for his global activism work alongside his Hollywood films, had been in Ukraine since the invasion began to film a documentary about the bloody attack and had returned several times since.

Stiller is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency. The ‘Zoolander’ star visited Ukraine at the end of June and called Zelensky his ‘hero’.

US sanctions against Russian companies and individuals, right down to Putin himself and his top lieutenants.

For its part, Russia has imposed sanctions on President Joe Biden and his family, several TV news anchors, political analysts and other notable figures.

Last month, the Biden administration finally acted on calls to sanction Putin’s alleged lover Alina Kabaeva — allegedly the autocrat’s mother of four.

Kabaeva, the head of a pro-Putin media group and once a celebrated gymnast, was among several Kremlin-linked elites sanctioned by the Treasury Department after the Russian invasion passed the six-month mark.

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Andrew Kugle

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