Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn are among celebrities who have been vocal in their support for war-torn Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February this year. Now, as a result, Russia has imposed a permanent ban on the two prominent figures.
On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a new list of American citizens who are no longer welcome in the country. The 25-member list mainly includes politicians, business moguls and industrialists, among others.
According to reports, the move comes after US President Joe Biden’s sanctions against Russia.
For the uninitiated, Sean and Ben aren’t the first Hollywood actors to be banned from Russia. Earlier in May, Russia released a long list of esteemed US personalities who have been permanently banned from entering the country.
The list banned 1,000 US citizens, including President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg and even veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman.
Penn and Stiller continually showed their solidarity with Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. Speaking of Penn, he was in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for a documentary when the Russian invasion began.
He visited the country again in June and met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his upcoming war documentary.
“From the first day of the full-scale invasion, he was in Kyiv and saw with his own eyes what Russian aggression is,” Zelensky wrote on his Telegram channel via NYP. “The whole world will soon be able to see the whole truth about the war thanks to his film. Sean, thank you for the support of our state and our people!
In recent months, Penn has used every platform possible to raise funds and provide education and shelter for refugees.
Hollywood actor and producer Ben visited the war-torn country in June as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador and met Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He also called her his “hero”.
(With contributions from the agency)