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Tri-Cities MLAs listed as latest Canadians banned from entering Russia

New imposed sanctions for 333 people include the provincial politicians for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
[From left to right] Tri-Cities MLAs Fin Donnelly (Coquitlam-Burke Mountain), Mike Farnworth (Port Coquitlam), Rick Glumac (Port Moody-Coquitlam) and Selina Robinson (Coquitlam-Maillardville) have been banned from entering Russia by the country's foreign ministry.

Tri-Cities provincial politicians have been sanctioned from entering Russia.

On Wednesday (April 12), the Russian Federation foreign ministry unveiled a new list of 333 more Canadians "permanently banned" from entering the country in response to ongoing political disputes over the Ukraine invasion.

Fin Donnelly (Coquitlam-Burke Mountain), Mike Farnworth (Port Coquitlam), Rick Glumac (Port Moody-Coquitlam) and Selina Robinson join a now longer list of Canadian politicians, journalists, cultural figures and athletes barred from Russia.

In March last year, Tri-Cities federal MPs Ron McKinnon (Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam) and Bonita Zarrillo (Port Moody-Coquitlam) were on Russia's initial "black list" of 313 Canadians banned.

That included other MPs, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and it was released a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the House of Commons virtually.

Trudeau announced in February 2022 that Canada would sanction Putin, along with his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and other top Kremlin figures, holding them responsible for the "brutal, needless attack" on Ukraine.

Trudeau also said Canada would support the removal of Russia from SWIFT, the digital payment and messaging network that connects thousands of banks worldwide, which he said would make it even harder for Putin to "finance his brutalities."

Since then, a total of 1,537 Canadians have been banned from Russia.

The latest list added notable names like Canada's Governor General Mary Simon, B.C. Premier David Eby, Olympic gold medallist Tessa Virtue and women's hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser were also listed. 

- with files from The Canadian Press

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