Russia bans entry of dozens of other Britons, including Starmer, Cameron and Piers Morgan

The British flag flies next to the British Embassy in Moscow, Russia March 15, 2018. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Russia on Monday announced sanctions against 39 British politicians, officials, businessmen and journalists, barring them from entering Russia for supporting the “demonization” of the country.

Among those targeted are opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer, former Prime Minister David Cameron and prominent television journalists Piers Morgan, Robert Peston and Huw Edwards.

Their names join those of more than 200 other Britons whom Russia has already banned, including most of Britain’s top politicians.

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The travel bans – mirroring those Russia has imposed on other Western countries that hit it with sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine – are largely symbolic given that relations are already at an all-time low. and that virtually none of those targeted likely intended to visit the country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, however, said it would continue to expand the list.

“Given London’s destructive drive to spin the sanctions wheel on wacky and nonsensical pretexts, work to expand the Russian arrest list will continue,” he said in a statement.

Separately, Russia’s attorney general’s office said it declared the Calvert 22 Foundation, a London-based nonprofit, an “undesirable organization.”

“It has been established that his activity poses a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and the security of the Russian Federation,” he said in a statement.

No comment was immediately available from the organization, which was founded in 2009 by Russian-born economist Nonna Materkova and focuses on arts and culture in Russia and Eastern Europe. ‘East.

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Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; edited by Guy Faulconbridge

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