Alex Brandon / AP
Monday, May 23, 2022 | 3:06 p.m.
Former Nevada U.S. Sen. Harry Reid isn’t welcome in Russia. Same for former Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah.
All three are deceased, but they were still included on Russia’s list published Saturday of 963 U.S. notables and leading officials permanently barred from entering the country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement said the ban was in response to “constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions,” according to Reuters. Russia has faced sanctions from the U.S. and other countries over its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
The list includes many leading U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Reid was inexplicably included, even though he died last year.
The list also includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Morgan Freeman, who in 2017 accused Russia of “cyber warfare to attack democracies around the world.”
It doesn’t include former President Donald Trump, who was friendly with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Also banned was Michael Carpenter, the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who Tweeted, “What an honor.”