London: The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it will sanction an additional 121 Australian media chiefs, defense officials and journalists, including the editors of Sydney’s morning herald Y Age.
The move, announced in Moscow on Wednesday night, cited Australia’s “Russophobic agenda”.
The list of people banned from entering Russia “indefinitely” was compiled in response to mounting Australian government sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.
It includes Herald Publisher Bevan Shields, Age editor Gay Alcorn, as well as Peter Costello, who is also president of Nine Entertainment Group, owner Age Y Sydney Morning Heraldand CEO Mike Sneesby.
Sanctions were imposed on mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, as well as ABC chair Ita Buttrose, News Corp co-chair Lachlan Murdoch and Seven Group chair Kerry Stokes.
Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes will also be banned from entering Russia, as will Rio Tinto Iron Ore CEO Simon Trott.
Several Defense Force figures are on the list, including Chief of the Defense Force Angus Campbell, Department Secretary Greg Moritary, as well as Chief of the Navy Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, RAAF Air Vice Marshal Darren Goldie, ADF Vice Admiral David Johnston, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, as well as the new Prime Minister of South Australia, Peter Malinauskas.
Russia announced a similar move against dozens of British journalists on Tuesday.