Bungling Russia set to sanction 287 British MPs – but the list is out of date

As tensions between the UK and Russia continue to rise, Vladimir Putin's government has announced that it is sanctioning nearly 300 British MPs.

But, embarrassingly for the Russian leader, his list is somewhat out of date – featuring a number of politians who haven’t been MPs for several years.

According to an announcement from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was imposing “personal restrictions” on the 287 members of the House of Commons.who “took the most active part” in triggering sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine War.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly described being sanctioned by Putin as “a badge of honour” and former minister Mark Harper said he was “proud” to see his name on the list.

Mr Harper, a former Chief Whip under Theresa May, added: “Russia really hates being called out for their illegal invasion of Ukraine and disgraceful war crimes. The United Kingdom stands with Ukraine.”

But among the sanctioned Brits are Dominic Grieve, has not been an MP for three years, as well as former Education Secretary Justine Greening and former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Oliver Letwin, who both stepped down in 2019.

The PM’s brother Jo Johnson, who left the Commons in 2019 and now sits in the House of Lords, makes the Kremlin sanction list alongside Phillip Lee, who left the Tory party to join the Lib Dems in the same year.

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Under the terms of the sanctions, none of them will be allowed to visit Russia.

Milton Keynes MP Ben Everitt tool the House of Commons: "Within the last hour or so it's been reported that 287 members of this House have been sanctioned by the Russian state.

"Now I'm sure nobody here is rushing to change their summer holiday plans, but perhaps the Prime Minister will assure us that he will continue his excellent relationship with President Zelenskyy and continue to provide the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian military with the support that they need?”

The Prime Minister responded: "It's I think no disrespect to those who haven't been sanctioned, when I say that all those 287 should regard it as a badge of honour.

"And what we will do is keep up our robust and principled support for the Ukrainian people and their right to protect their lives, their families, and to defend themselves.

"That's what this country is doing, and that has the overwhelming support, I think, of the whole House."

Meanwhile, Russian rhetoric about British support for the troops in Ukraine is escalating, with one Putin loyalist threatening that the new “Satan 2” nuke could wipe out the UK.

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