The individuals, sanctioned by the Russian foreign ministry on Monday, can no longer enter the Russian Federation because they have contributed to “London’s hostile course aimed at the demonisation of our country and its international isolation”.
The UK has already issued punitive measures against Mr Putin and the Kremlin, including placing sanctions on Russian oligarchs such as former Chelsea owner Roman Abromovich and the chief executive of energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller.
However, some of those who have made the Russian foreign ministry’s block list have in fact relished the news that they’ve upset the country’s government, and have instead reaffirmed their commitment to expressing solidarity with Ukraine.
Here’s some of the best reactions:
Angus Robertson: “I will continue to strongly support Ukraine, condemn Moscow’s aggression and its war crimes”
\u201cRussia doesn\u2019t like criticism of its invasion of Ukraine and it doesn\u2019t like freedom of speech either. I will continue to strongly support Ukraine, condemn Moscow\u2019s aggression and its war crimes. #SlavaUkraini \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\u201d
The former Westminster leader for the Scottish National Party, who is now the MSP for Edinburgh Central and cabinet secretary for the constitution, external affairs and culture, took to Twitter on Monday evening to respond to his ban.
He wrote: “Russia doesn’t like criticism of its invasion of Ukraine and it doesn’t like freedom of speech either. I will continue to strongly support Ukraine, condemn Moscow’s aggression and its war crimes.”
David Lammy: “Where can I make my acceptance speech?”
\u201cWhere can I make my acceptance speech ? Putin can\u2019t banish the freedom of Politicians or Journalists to speak out in our democracy. We will continue to stand with Ukraine and the many people in and outside Russia opposed to Putins barbarism.\u201d
Taking a slightly more comical approach, shadow foreign secretary David Lammy almost saw it as an award, asking where he could make his “acceptance speech”.
He added: “Putin can’t banish the freedom of politicians or journalists to speak out in our democracy. We will continue to stand with Ukraine and the many people in and outside Russia opposed to Putin’s barbarism.”
Lorna Slater: “I will not stop supporting Ukraine”
\u201cScottish Green minister @lornaslater responds to being banned from Russia.\n\nShe says: \u201cIf the cost of speaking out against Putin\u2019s war crimes is a ban on visiting Russia then I will live with these consequences but I will not stop supporting Ukraine.\u201d\u201d
The co-leader of the Scottish Greens, Lorna Slater, gave a statement to STV News journalist Lewis McKenzie and said: “If the cost of speaking out against Putin’s war crimes is a ban on visiting Russia then I will live with these consequences but I will not stop supporting Ukraine.”
Ross Greer: “Please send thoughts and prayers at this difficult time”
\u201cI've just been banned from Russia. Please send thoughts and prayers at this difficult time\u201d
Green MSP Ross Greer was devastated (not really), asking people to “send thoughts and prayers at this difficult time”.
Further mocking the bizarre decision, he added: “I’ve always said that if I was going to be sanctioned by the Russians I’d want it to be alongside my close friend and political confidante Piers Morgan.”
He also confirmed “Go West” by the Pet Shop Boys would be “top of tonight’s playlist” for “no particular reason”.
Alex Cole-Hamilton: “I’ll treat that sanction as a badge of honour”
\u201cOfficially sanctioned by the Kremlin today and banned from entering Russian territory along with 38 other U.K. politicians.\n\nFor as long as Putin and his gangsters rule Russia and wage war in Ukraine, I\u2019ll treat that sanction as a badge of honour.\n\nSlava Ukraini.\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\u201d
— Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP\ud83d\udd36\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP\ud83d\udd36\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6)
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats confirmed he had been sanctioned on social media on Monday and said: “For as long as Putin and his gangsters rule Russia and wage war in Ukraine, I’ll treat that sanction as a badge of honour.”
He concluded his message with “Slava Ukraini”, which means “Glory to Ukraine”.
The Telegraph’s Europe editor shared an anecdote in a tweet which saw him say he was “surprised” to have made the list.
“I taught English in Moscow for six months when I was 18. Loved it. Arrived just as Putin took over from Yeltsin.
“22 years later and he is still in office!
“To misquote Wilde: the only thing worse than being sanctioned is not being sanctioned,” he said.
David Rose: “A badge of honour”
\u201cHave I been banned from Russia for reporting on the war in Ukraine? I honestly don't know... but my name does appear on the list of politicians and journalists banned from entering Russia, and I would say it's a badge of honour, if true: https://t.co/A8pXBUDP4i\u201d
The freelance journalist currently working on The Times’ foreign desk was incredulous, writing “I honestly don’t know” as he asked himself whether he had been banned for reporting on the Ukraine crisis.
“My name does appear on the list of politicians and journalists banned from entering Russia, and I would say it’s a badge of honour, if true,” he said.
Alongside commenting on the names of those who joined him on the list, The Sun’s defence editor Jerome Starkey took the opportunity to reshare footage he had captured of Ukrainians under attack in Kharkiv.
“Q: Why did you get sanctioned? Me: You know, the usual: demonising, planting Russophobia, spreading false information and supporting the Kyiv neo-Nazi regime.
“Oh, and reporting stuff like this," he wrote.
Robert Peston: “Thank you Mr Putin for using my full name”
\u201cThank you Mr Putin for using my full name. So few people do these days. Somehow makes the sanction less aggressive\u201d
We honestly thought the former Good Morning Britain host would be outraged at his ban from Russia, considering he’s against cancel culture and legitimately has a TalkTV show titled Piers Morgan: Uncensored…
Instead, the broadcaster commented: “It wasn’t on my immediate vacation to-do list.”
Huw Edwards: “Huw’ve been banned!”
\u201cHuw've been banned! I made the Kremlin cut (39/39) \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc77\udb40\udc6c\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc7f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 @BBCNews \ud83c\udf99\u2712\ufe0f\ud83d\udcfa\u201d