Ilves com­ments on be­ing in­cluded in Rus­sia's new black­list

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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’.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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