London: Russia’s foreign ministry has announced it is sanctioning an additional 121 Australian media bosses, defence officials and journalists, including the editors of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
The move, announced in Moscow on Wednesday evening, cited Australia’s “Russophobic agenda”.
The list of individuals barred from entering Russia “indefinitely,” was compiled in response to the growing sanctions of the Australian government, the Russian foreign ministry says.
It includes Herald editor Bevan Shields, The Age editor Gay Alcorn as well as Peter Costello, who is also chair of Nine Entertainment Group which owns The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and chief executive Mike Sneesby.
Mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest had sanctions imposed, as well as ABC chair Ita Buttrose, co-chairman of News Corp Lachlan Murdoch and chairman of Seven Group, Kerry Stokes.
Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes will also be banned from entering Russia and well as Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Simon Trott.
Several Defence force figures are on the list, including Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell, department secretary Greg Moritary, as well as Navy chief, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, RAAF’s Air Vice-Marshal Darren Goldie, ADF Vice Admiral David Johnston, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton as well as new South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas.
Russia announced a similar move against dozens of British journalists on Tuesday.