Russia has closed the entrance for representatives of Great Britain “who are closely involved in anti-Russian activities”
Russia has closed the entry to the country for a number of British representatives “who are closely involved in anti-Russian activities,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The department did not name these people.
The travel ban was a response to personal sanctions that the UK imposed in December 2020 and April 2021 against a number of Russians, including the speaker of the Chechen parliament, Magomed Daudov. These restrictions were related to the persecution of members of the LGBT community in Chechnya and the Magnitsky case , London reported.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the actions of Great Britain “unfounded attacks”, an attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of Russia and pressure on the Russian justice system.
In response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Russian side decided to impose personal sanctions against a proportionate number of British representatives who are closely involved in anti-Russian activities. They have been barred from entering the territory of the Russian Federation.
In July 2020, the UK imposed personal sanctions against 25 Russians in connection with the Magnitsky case. The sanctions list included the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin. In response, in November 2020, Russia banned 25 British representatives from entering the country.
In the United States, since 2012, a “Magnitsky list” has been in effect, which includes Russians who are considered to be involved in human rights violations. In the UK, a similar law was passed in 2017.
In December 2020, in addition to Great Britain, the United States introduced sanctions due to the persecution of representatives of the LGBT community in Chechnya . In March 2021, the European Union announced similar restrictions .