Russia bars more than 960 Americans from entering the country

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

Longtime Arizona Sen. 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 block list.
US President Joe Biden is among the Americans on Russia’s block list. (AP)

Russia also took aim at Hollywood, with actor Morgan Freeman and actor-filmmaker Rob Reiner on 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 individuals included “inciting Russophobia” and added the Russian “The counter-sanctions are necessary and are aimed at making the US ruling regime, which is trying to impose a neo-colonial ‘rules-based world order’ on the rest of the world, change its behavior as it realizes a new geopolitical reality.
Morgan Freeman
Russia also took aim at Hollywood, with actor Morgan Freeman on the list. (Getty)

In March, in addition to President Joe Biden, the Russian government added the following people to the block list: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Gen. 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 have reported that 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 who were barred from entering the country, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

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