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Moscow blacklists 39 Brits, including Labor leader Starmer, ex-PM Cameron

Britain's Labor Party leader Keir Starmer at a football match at the Bramall Lane stadium, in Sheffield, on July 26, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Russia has said it is blacklisting nearly 40 British individuals over what Moscow described as hostile activities targeting the Russian nation.

The Russian foreign ministry said those who were recently blacklisted by Moscow include British journalists and politicians who "contribute to the hostile course of London aimed at the demonization of our country and its international isolation".

The British government has been one of the most vocal supporters of the Kiev regime since Russian forces launched their special military operation in late February in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine to stem out neo-Nazi forces committing atrocities in the east European country.

Those who have been put on the list include Labor Party leader, Keir Starmer, and former Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Several Labor MPs, Scottish politicians and members of the House of Lords, in addition to the head of the BBC's newsgathering Jonathan Munro, TV presenter Piers Morgan and BBC News presenter Huw Edwards were included in the blacklist.

Tensions are running high between Russia and the West over the Moscow’s military operation in Donbas.

Western countries have slapped a slew of sanctions on the Russian nation, targeting individuals, businesses and officials ever since the Ukraine war began on February the 24th.

Russia reciprocated, responding in kind to the sanctions.

In a separate development on Monday, the General Prosecutor's Office designated the Calvert 22 Foundation, a UK not-for-profit group, an "undesirable" organization.

Calvert 22 was founded in 2009 by a Russia-born economist, Nonna Materkova.

It published The Calvert Journal, an online magazine exploring culture in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia.

When a group is designated by Russia as an "undesirable organization", it is no longer permitted to work in the country. The group also runs the risk of being fined and its members imprisoned for continuing the organization’s activities.

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