Ukraine crisis: Russia launches sanctions against 121 Australians, including Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart

The Russian government said it was sanctioning 121 other Australian citizens, including businessmen, military officials and journalists.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said late Thursday that the decision to bar Australians entry was a response to Australian government sanctions against Russian individuals, put in place following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

He accused those on the list of promoting a “Russophobic agenda” in Australia.

Names include ABC Chair Ita Buttrose, News Corp Co-Chair Lachlan Murdoch, South Australian Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas and Defense Force Chief General Angus Campbell, alongside various businessmen, editors chief of newspapers, academics and heads of think tanks.

Media personalities Stan Grant, Andrew Bolt, and Liz Hayes were included along with Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, mining magnates Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and Gina Rinehart, and Nine Entertainment chairman Group, Peter Costello and the Meriton Apartment. developer Harry Triguboff.

Those on the list are not allowed to enter Russia indefinitely, the Foreign Ministry said.

Camera iconRussia’s invasion of Ukraine left much of the country in ruins. Credit: Rodrigue Abd/PA

He added that he may extend the blacklist as the Australian government “seems unwilling to abandon its anti-Russian policy line and continues to produce new sanctions”.

Russia describes the incursion of its forces into Ukraine as a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbor.

Ukraine and its allies have dismissed this as nonsense.

In May, Australia sanctioned more than 70 Russian politicians and more than 30 local officials in the breakaway eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Christi C. Elwood