Dan Andrews is BANNED from Russia as Putin blocks 235 high profile Aussies in shock new move

Former Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews headlines hundreds of Aussies banned from Russia indefinitely, accused of promoting ‘anti-Russian agenda.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has released a new list of 235 Australians barred from the country ‘in response to the politically motivated sanctions imposed on Russian private individuals and legal entities by the Government of Australia as part of the collective West’s Russophobic campaign’.

Other Victorian politicians on the banned list include former deputy premier James Merlino, his successor Ben Carroll, current treasurer Tim Pallas, opposition leader John Pesutto, controversial MP Moira Deeming and Animal Justice Party MP Georgie Purcell.

A number of South Australian leaders have also been barred, including deputy premier Susan Close, treasurer Stephen Mullighan and opposition leader David Speirs.

Former Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is among 235 Aussies who have been barred from Russia 

‘The decision has been made to indefinitely deny entry to Russia to 235 Australian nationals who are members of municipal councils actively promoting the anti-Russia agenda in their country,’ a statement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation read.

‘Given that official Canberra shows no sign of renouncing its anti-Russia position and the continued introduction of new sanctions, we will further update the Russian stop list accordingly.’

The new list comes after former prime minister Scott Morrison was placed on the ban list in 2022, alongside a number of high-profile journalists.

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