The Kremlin has banned entry to 18 British citizens for "demonizing Russia"
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has imposed sanctions on 18 citizens of the United Kingdom, including deputy ministers of defense and the armed forces defense staff. They are banned from entering the territory of the Russian Federation. Radio Liberty reported on this.
The list of sanctions includes Deputy Minister of Defense of the United Kingdom James Cartlidge, Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces Defense Staff Charles Walker, Deputy Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security Sarah Macintosh, Commander of the Submarine Forces Simon Askwith, Head of National Cyber Forces Timothy David Nil-Hopes, Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Western Balkans Stuart Peach. Members of the House of Lords of the British Parliament Daniel Hannan, Michael Ashcroft, and Ray Collins are also subject to restrictions.
Representatives of several universities are included in the sanctions list - Ivor Davis, Timothy Ash, Roy Ellison, and Robert Johnson from the University of Oxford, as well as David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge, Orlando Figes from the London University, Graham Robertson from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, James Walton from Harvard University, and James Sherr from the International Center for Security Studies in Estonia.
The Russian foreign policy department stated that the sanctions were imposed due to the "confrontational course of London," its efforts "to demonize" Russia, and the transfer of weapons to Ukraine.
Earlier on Monday, it was also reported that Rosfinmonitoring has added Andy Stone, the press secretary of Meta, the company that owns the social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, to the list of extremists and terrorists. Last November, he was declared wanted and arrested in absentia.
On March 11, 2022, the Investigative Committee of Russia initiated a criminal case against Meta under the article on assisting terrorism - due to the company's decision not to block Ukrainian users for posts calling for the "death of Russian invaders." Stone announced this decision as the press secretary.