Russia bans comedian Jim Carrey and 99 other Canadians for opposing the invasion of Ukraine

The Russian Federation forbidden Comedian Jim Carrey and 99 other Canadians on their opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Also included in the ban were author Margaret Atwood, creator of The Handmaid’s Tale, and other prominent Canadian politicians, businessmen and celebrities.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the Canadian government would send an additional $500 million in military aid to Ukraine while adding 23 Russians to Canada’s sanctions list.

In its statement on the ban, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the 100 Canadians of being “directly involved in forming an aggressive anti-Russian course”.

“In response to Prime Minister J. Trudeau’s regime’s ongoing practice of imposing sanctions on Russian leaders, politicians and parliamentarians, business leaders, pundits and journalists, cultural figures, and anyone who has been approached by Canadian Russophobic authorities as reprehensible hold,” the statement said, “entry will be closed to 100 Canadian citizens on a reciprocal basis.”

In April, Carrey released an endorsement of a documentary about Alexei Navalny, a political opposition figure in Russia.

“Navalny himself exposes Tsar Putin and his soulless henchmen in their diabolical plot to poison him, suppress the truth and intimidate the Russian people,” he tweeted.

Atwood was among more than 1,000 writers who signed an open letter in February condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

Entering its eighth month, Russia’s invasion has suffered a major setback as Ukrainians managed to drive Russian soldiers out of the key city of Kherson. On Monday the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenksyy made a surprise visit into town and condemned Russia for what he described as evidence of over 400 war crimes.

US officials have reportedly pressed Zelenskyy will negotiate peace terms with Russia, but Putin, who has repeatedly claimed that Ukraine belongs to Russia, is unlikely to agree to his list of demands.

Here’s more on the current state of the war:

Russia withdraws troops from Cherson in Ukraine Russia bans comedian Jim Carrey and 99 other Canadians for opposing the invasion of Ukraine

Laura Coffey

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