Vladimir Putin has reportedly blacklisted several key US political donors with ties to the LGBT community, banning them from Russia.
According to the Daily Beast, Putin’s new wave of sanctions is a tit-for-tat response to similar sanctions imposed by Obama over the Ukraine crisis.
Unlike the US, Russia does not openly publish its blacklists, and so individuals targeted may never know until they apply to travel to Russia and are denied.
However, Moscow sources confirmed to the Beast that a number of top Obama administration donors and lawmakers were targeted, focussing specifically on people with links to the LGBT community.
Russia’s foreign ministry said: “Of course, such actions cannot remain unanswered. Russia responded by undertaking similar measures.”
Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the European Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup said: “The spread of these ‘anti-propaganda’ laws and the calls for further discriminatory restrictions are truly worrying.”