Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has announced via social media his inclusion on “the Kremlin’s sanctions list” that prevent him from traveling to Russia. Mc Faul, who was Washington’s envoy in Moscow as bilateral friction mounted in 2012-14 and now teaches at Stanford University, wrote on Twitter on November 11 that he was told that he was blacklisted “because of my close affiliation with [U.S. President Barack] Obama.” “Confirmed that I am on the Kremlin’s sanction lists and cannot travel to Russia,” Mc Faul tweeted. He said he learned of the ban when he applied for a visa to travel to Moscow in December. McFaul has been an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He noted on November 11 in a reference to Russia that “Since 1983, I’ve been living in and traveling to that country.” But he added in a tweet, “I probably have been on travel ban list since 2014, in response to US sanctions. Just found out now because I sought to apply for a visa.”
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