Russia sanctions an additional 121 Australians, including journalists, pundits and businessmen

The Russian Foreign Ministry has sanctioned an additional 121 Australian citizens, including journalists and defense officials, citing what it calls a “Russophobic agenda” in the country.

Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart, Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes, Andrew Forrest and South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas have been added to the list.

Journalists from ABC News, the Sydney Morning Herald, Nine and Sky News, as well as several defense officials, are among those sanctioned.

Australia imposed sanctions on Russian military commanders and close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, and the foreign ministry’s director of information, Maria Zakharova, were among those sanctioned.

Russia announced a similar move against dozens of British journalists on Tuesday, in what Moscow said was a response to Western sanctions and the “spreading of false information about Russia.”

The list includes high-profile journalists, newscasters, editors and senior managers, including the editors-in-chief of the Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian newspapers.

Aware , updated

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