Russia bans Canadian intelligence chief and two priests from entering
The Russian Foreign Ministry blacklisted 62 Canadians in response to sanctions against Patriarch Kirill In particular, Catholic priest Raymond de Souza, editor-in-chief of Convivium magazine, and Protestant pastor, LGBT activist Brent Hawkes were banned from entering Russia
Russia introduced sanctions against 62 Canadian citizens in response to Ottawa's decision to impose restrictions against Moscow, including personal sanctions against Patriarch Kirill, according to the Foreign Ministry website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained this decision by the hostile nature of the actions of “the ruling regime of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, carried out with the aim of insulting not only the multinational and multi-confessional people of Russia, but also Orthodox believers around the world.”
The blacklist includes employees of the office of Deputy Prime Minister Christy Freeland, head of the intelligence command of the Canadian Armed Forces Michael Wright, deputy head of the command of special operations forces Stephen Hunter. Among others on the list are Catholic priest, Convivium editor-in-chief Raymond de Souza, and Protestant pastor and LGBT activist Brent Hawkes
Canada all new Russophobic sanctions in the near future will be announced on further retaliatory measures of the Russian side, — added in the Russian ministry.
Canada expanded sanctions over the operation in Ukraine and imposed restrictions on Patriarch Kirill in early July. The former head of Yandex also fell under the restrictions. Tigran Khudaverdyan, head of Roskomnadzor Andrey Lipov, TV presenter Ekaterina Andreeva and others. The United Kingdom had previously introduced similar restrictions against the patriarch, and the Russian Orthodox Church called the sanctions “absurd and futile attempts.” intimidate the patriarch.
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