Morgan Freeman has ‘permanently been banned from Russia,’ according to reports.
The actor’s name has appeared on a list of almost 1,000 US citizens who have been barred from entering the country. It also includes President Joe Biden, his son, and the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
In a news release, the Russian ministry said: “In the context of response to the constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and in connection with incoming requests about the personal composition of our national ‘stop list,’ the Russian Foreign Ministry publishes a list of American citizens who are permanently banned from entering the Russian Federation.”
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It continued: ”We emphasise that the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff.
“Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime… to change its behaviour, recognising new geopolitical realities.”
It’s believed that Freeman has been placed on the list due to a 2017 video in which he accused the country of ‘interfering with US democracy,’ for an organisation called The Committee to Investigate Russia.
In it, he reportedly said: “We have been attacked. We are at war. Imagine this movie script: a former KGB spy, angry at the collapse of his motherland, plots a course for revenge.
“Taking advantage of the chaos, he works his way up through the ranks of a post-Soviet Russia and becomes president.
“He establishes an authoritarian regime, then he sets his sights on his sworn enemy: the United States.”
It comes as McDonald’s has announced that it’s permanently leaving the country after 30 years.
In a statement, the fast-food chain’s president, Chris Kempczinski, said: “We’re exceptionally proud of the 62,000 employees who work in our restaurants, along with the hundreds of Russian suppliers who support our business, and our local franchisees.
“Their dedication and loyalty to McDonald’s make today’s announcement extremely difficult.”
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