Scots politicians and Piers Morgan banned from entering Russia

Host of new names added to the list of public figures no longer allowed into Russia.

Scottish politicians, Keir Starmer, David Cameron and Piers Morgan banned from entering Russia  STV News
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford is among those now banned by Vladimir Putin.

Russia has banned a number of Scottish politicians – as well as Keir Starmer, David Cameron, Piers Morgan – from entering the country.

Finance secretary Kate Forbes and culture secretary Angus Robertson are among Holyrood ministers to have been added to Russia’s banned list.

Hundreds of politicians and journalists have already been banned from the country under Vladimir Putin’s regime.

A list of 39 politicians and journalists added to the list include the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Scottish Green minister Lorna Slater, minister for Europe Neil Gray, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton.

Fiona Hyslop, the MSP for Linlithgow and former Scottish Government minister, is also banned from the country.

Labour frontbenchers at Westminster, David Lammy, Lisa Nandy and Nick Thomas-Symonds, are included in the list, as well as former UK Government minister Liam Fox.

A number of journalists, including Piers Morgan, have also been banned, with Times columnist David Aaronovitch, Sunday Times political editor Caroline Wheeler, the Guardian’s defence and security editor Dan Sabbagh, and the Telegraph’s Europe editor James Crisp, added to the list.

Piers Morgan, Keir Starmer and David Cameron were added to the list.ITVFlickr
Piers Morgan, Keir Starmer and David Cameron were added to the list.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was banned by Russia in April, along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a number of other senior UK Government figures.

The action was taken by Russia in response to the West’s support of Ukraine following the invasion of Putin’s forces earlier this year.

Following her ban, Sturgeon branded Putin as a “war criminal” and insisted that she would “not shy away from condemning him and his regime”.

In April, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross and six other Scottish MPs were sanctioned by Russia.

As well as Ross, Russia sanctioned Labour’s shadow Scotland secretary Ian Murray.

Boris Johnson told those subject to the sanctions that they should regard it as a “badge of honour”.