Amidst the ongoing war with Ukraine, Russia has retaliated against the latest round of U.S. sanctions with some sanctions of their own.

The list of those sanctioned has some curious names on it – including President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

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‘Russophobic’ Policies

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that the sanctions were the consequence of what was described as an “extremely Russophobic policy” coming from the White House.

Russia is quite transparent about the move, saying it is based on “the principle of reciprocity.” It bars those listed from entering Russia and would freeze any financial assets that may be kept there – as unlikely as either of those scenarios may seem for most of the people on the list.

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A Curious Selection Of Names

The fact that Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton are on the Russian sanctions list is interesting.

Hunter Biden’s business dealings in both Ukraine and China have been the topic of speculation since his father announced his run for the White House.

A New York Post report revealed a purported email that an advisor for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma had sent Hunter thanking him for introducing him to his father.

Hunter Biden famously joined the board of Burisma after the 2014 Maidan Revolution – despite having no qualifications – and was paid up to $50,000 per month, according to Vox.

Joe Biden has called allegations against his son a “smear campaign.” 

Hunter Biden is under investigation by the Justice Department.

Hillary Clinton went to great lengths to tie former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to a Russian bank during the 2016 presidential campaign. Back in February, documents from special counsel John Durham revealed that the Clinton campaign had allegedly paid an internet company to monitor internet servers at both Trump Tower and the President’s office in order to make the allegations more believable.

That same day, Clinton demanded Trump answer questions about his “Russian ties.”

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The Rest Of The Russian ‘All Stars’

In addition to the Bidens and Clinton, other prominent names on the list include Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Psaki responded to the sanctions, saying,

“I would first note that president Biden is a junior, so they may have sanctioned his dad. May he rest in peace. The second piece, I would say, is that won’t surprise any of you, that none of us are planning tourist trips to Russia. None of us have bank accounts that we won’t be able to access. So we will forge ahead.” 





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