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Russia hits 121 Aussies with sanctions ‘Russophobic agenda’

Russia has announced it is blacklisting 121 Australian citizens, including defense officials, businessmen, reporters and editors.

Russia has announced sanctions against a further 121 Australian citizens, including businessmen, reporters and defense officials, citing what it calls a “Russophobic agenda” in the country.

The blacklist was prepared in response to “the Australian government’s mounting sanctions, which are being applied to an increasing number of Russian citizens,” the ministry said.

Those sanctioned include journalists from The Australian, ABC News, Sydney Morning Herald and Sky News, as well as several defense officials, Russia’s foreign ministry said Thursday.

Other people on the list include General Angus Campbell, AI researcher Toby Walsh and Australian editor-in-chief Christopher Dore, who have been banned from entering Russia “indefinitely”, the ministry said in a statement.

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

Russia has accused the sanctioned figures of promoting a “Russophobic agenda” and said the blacklist would be expanded in the future.

In April, Moscow announced travel bans on the leaders of Australia and New Zealand after Canberra and Wellington imposed sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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

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