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.
Russia has sanctioned Joe Biden and a range of other top US officials.
The main impact of this is they can now make corny jokes on cable news about how they won’t be able to access their Russian bank accounts or go on vacation in Siberia, I guess pic.twitter.com/ZQWA0Mhg4R
— max seddon (@maxseddon) March 15, 2022
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.
— 2030 Lax Dad (@631LaxDad) March 16, 2022
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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.
NEW: The BIDENS are entangled in a Ukrainian corruption scandal:@JoeBiden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor seen as corrupt.
BUT the prosecutor had opened a case into a company that was paying HUNTER BIDEN.
The Bidens say they never discussed it. https://t.co/tblUPYPJMG
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 2, 2019
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.
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
That same day, Clinton demanded Trump answer questions about his “Russian ties.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
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.”
Russia Announces Sanctions Against Biden, Blinken, Jen Psaki, Lloyd Austin, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Biden’s son Hunter Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Will Putin release Russian payoffs to the Biden family?https://t.co/0V9B8ca4nR
— TIMENOUT (@TIMENOUT) March 15, 2022