Seven living Utahns are banned from entering Russia
Russia has banned all of Utah's Congressional delegation from entering the country — except for Sen. Mike Lee.
The big picture: The five not-Mike Lee congressmen are among 963 Americans that Russia has banned, according to a list updated in late-May by the country's Foreign Affairs ministry.
- It also includes President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, most of Congress, and other public figures like actor Morgan Freeman, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and billionaire George Soros.
- The list does not include former-President Donald Trump.
Zoom in: The list of banned Americans includes at least eight Utahns. In addition to the five from Congress, the others are:
- U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball
- Brett Tolman, a lobbyist and former federal prosecutor
- Former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who died in April
Between the lines: Lee is far from the only U.S. senator still allowed in Russia, but his positions on the country have already been controversial.
- He was one of only two senators to vote against sanctions on Russia in 2017 in response to interference in the 2016 election.
- He was criticized for visiting Russia in 2019 while two of his Senate colleagues were denied visas — and for discussing looser sanctions during the trip.
Yes, but: McMullin is misleadingly using Lee's past votes to portray him as anti-Ukraine since the invasion, Politifact found.
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