Putin’s blacklist: What countries and politicians have been singled out?

Russia continues to expand its blacklist, both of countries and politicians. It has done so in response to the international sanctions it has received.

All members of the European Union, the United States, Japan and Canada are included, as well as other places Putin believes act against his interests.

Russia’s Interfax news agency has published the list, signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, as part of the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation “On the Temporary Procedure for Fulfilling Obligations to Certain Foreign Creditors”.

Ukraine is identified as the number one ‘enemy’, but Putin‘s blacklist also include the 27 member states of the European Union, among others:

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Slovenia
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Portugal
  • Romania.

In addition, other nations such as Australia, the United Kingdom (as well as its Overseas Territories), Albania, Andorra, Iceland and Liechtenstein qualify as hostile.

They are joined by Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, San Marino, North Macedonia, Singapore, Taiwan, Montenegro, Switzerland and Japan.

Of course, there are also countries they consider allies: China, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Political blacklist

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday updated the list of politicians targeted by the Russian government.

Specifically, 39 British politicians and personalities, including former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the current Labour leader Keir Starmer, have been blacklisted.

In addition, Moscow has singled out Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy, his colleague in charge of Social and Economic Development Lisa Nandy, and Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Minister for International Trade.

Along with them, the Russian government blacklisted 61 US citizens, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.