Foreign Office Russia issued an indefinite ban on 29 Americans from entering Russia, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Washington Post journalist David Ignatius and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In a statement on April 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the 29 individuals sanctioned were those who “formed an anti-Russian agenda”, ABC News reported.
Vice President Kamala Harris’ spouse, Doug Emhoff, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, State Department spokesman Ned Price, ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, LinkedIn chief executive Ryan Roslansky and director Bank of America executive Brian Moynihan is also on the list not to enter Russia.
According to Insider, Russia’s sanctions seems to have had no significant effect on Zuckerberg or any of the people on this list other than preventing them from going to Russia.
Russia has previously banned Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram platforms, calling them “radical” organizations. LinkedIn has been blocked in Russian since 2017.
In addition to Facebook and LinkedIn leaders, top US business leaders such as Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal or Google CEO Sundar Pichai are not on the latest Russian sanctions list. Twitter and YouTube, which are owned by Google, have been proactive in dealing with misinformation about Russia.
Last month, Russia also sanctioned President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and all 398 members of Congress entered the country.