Ilves comments on being included in Russia's new blacklist
The Kremlin has adopted a blacklist of Estonian nationals banned from entering Russia, including ex-President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, journalists and several politicians.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Wednesday, June 7, that the ex-President commented in an interview: «I along with a number of others to receive an entry ban — among them [U.S.] Senator John McCain and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul — hope that Russia will one day once again become a free, democratic state.»
The list of names, which has not been made public, includes various persons who have been deemed to have exhibited ‘Russophobia’, as announced on the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. ERR reported that the move has been presented as an Estonian ban on 49 citizens of the Russian Federation in 29 March this year as part of Estonia’s ‘Magnitsky list’.