Russia expands sanction list to include Freeland and Joly workers, LGBTQ activist, singer – Montreal

Russia sanctioned a raft of Canadian public figures on Friday together with Maj.-Gen. Michael Wright, head of Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, and the pastor who officiated the primary homosexual marriages in Canada.

Moscow‘s latest round of sanctions target multiple staff of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine, and is of Ukrainian heritage.

Foreign Minister Melanie Joly‘s media team, Maeva Proteau and Adrien Blanchard, are also banned from entering Russia.

Also on the Kremlin list are Ian Scott, head of broadcasting regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which this year banned the Russian state-owned broadcaster RT from Canada’s airwaves, and retired basic Rick Hillier, former chief of the defence workers.

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Russia has additionally sanctioned pastor Brent Hawkes, the LGBTQ activist who officiated Canada’s first authorized homosexual marriages, and Juno-award successful singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, who’s of Ukrainian and Indigenous heritage.

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The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry stated in an announcement it’s taking the steps in response to Canadian sanctions, together with these in opposition to Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, which the ministry stated was an insult to Orthodox believers world wide.

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