Ben Stiller and Sean Penn have been permanently banned from entering Russia, the Kremlin said on Monday.
The actors are listed among 23 other US citizens recently expelled from the country, including Senators Kirsten Cinema, Richard Scott, Patrick Toomey Jr. and Mark Kelly, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Matthew S. Alexrod, Don Graves, Thea Kandler and Jeremy Pelter and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
An official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, translated into English, reads: “In response to the Biden administration’s ever-growing personal sanctions against Russian citizens, against another group of people among members of the US Congress, senior officials , representatives of business and experts as well as cultural workers (25 people), a permanent entry ban to the Russian Federation. The following is a list of names of American citizens who have been included in the Russian ‘stop list’ on the basis of reciprocity.”
The news follows Stiller and Penn’s pro-Ukraine amid the country’s ongoing war with Russia. As a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Stiller met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in June. EP and director of Severance met with Ukrainian people who had to flee their homes due to the Russian invasion and he visited occupied settlements in Kyiv.
“I meet people affected by war and hear how it has changed their lives. War and violence are destroying people around the world,” Stiller said in a video posted to Instagram. “No one chooses to flee their homeland. The pursuit of security is a right and must be protected for every person.”
Penn, on the other hand, was in Ukraine to shoot a documentary about the Russian invasion. Penn attended press conferences and met with Ukrainian government officials while in the country. In April, the “Gaslit” star said he was considering “taking up arms against Russia.”
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