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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

In an act of retaliation, Russia announced Monday it is indefinitely barring nine Canadian officials from entering Russian territory, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Back in March, Canada imposed sanctions on nine Russian officials due to the "gross and systematic human rights violations" committed in the country, highlighting the attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which the Canadians called "trend of deepening authoritarianism" in Russia.

  • The new sanctions target several high-level officials in the Canadian government, including Canada's Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti, Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc, and Rear Adm. Scott Bishop, the head of the military intelligence command, per the Associated Press.

The big picture: Russia's Foreign Ministry said the sanctions were a response to the "unlawful sanctions" that Canada had previously imposed, per Reuters.

Be smart: Russia is no stranger to imposing tit-for-tat sanctions. In April the U.S. and E.U. imposed sanctions on Russia and a day later Russia retaliated with its own sanctions.

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Jun 7, 2021 - World

Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov flees Russia for Ukraine

Russian opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, after a 2019 hearing at Moscow's Koptevsky District Court in Russia. Photo: Viktor Velikzhanin/TASS via Getty Images

Dmitry Gudkov, a prominent Russian opposition politician who was held in police custody for two days last week, announced Sunday that he's left the country for Ukraine because he fears he'll be arrested.

Why it matters: Authorities are moving to stamp out dissent before Russia's parliamentary elections in September, per AP — which notes leading opposition figure Andrei Pivovarov was last week jailed for two months pending an investigation into the pro-democracy Open Russia group.

Exclusive: Zelensky "surprised" and "disappointed" by Biden pipeline move

Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo: Sergei Supinsk/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he learned through the press — not any direct heads-up — that President Biden had decided to stop trying to block a Russian pipeline that Ukraine sees as a dire national security threat.

Driving the news: Zelensky used an hourlong Zoom interview with Axios on Friday to beseech Biden to meet with him face to face before a June 16 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin — offering to join him "at any moment and at any spot on the planet."

Dozens missing after deadly Miami-area condo collapse

A massive search-and-rescue operation is underway after a portion of a 12-story condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to AP.

The latest: As many as 99 people are reported missing, Miami-Dade County's police director said, per the Miami Herald.

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