Ben Stiller and Sean Penn Banned from Russia After Showing Fervent Support for Ukraine

- 08 September 2022 09:42 WIB
Ben Stiller speaking to Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a UN Refugee Agency visit. (@benstiller on Twitter) (benstiller)
Ben Stiller speaking to Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a UN Refugee Agency visit. (@benstiller on Twitter) (benstiller)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Ben Stiller and Sean Penn have been banned from entering Russia following their outspoken support of Ukraine during the ongoing invasion.

Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs released a list on Monday of 25 new names. The list comes in response to the still-escalating international tensions brought on by Russia’s hostile invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Stiller and Penn are both included, along with political figures such as senators Mark Kelly, Rick Scott, and Kyrsten Sinema.

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Penn has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine and Zelenskiy, having been in the country making a documentary as the Russian invasion got underway in February. Penn later made a series of TV appearances in April to call for US solidarity with Ukraine and asked for US fighter jets to be supplied to the country. He also said he had considered joining the fight against Russia.

Quoted from metro.co.uk, in June, an ambassador for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency Stiller was in Ukraine on a UN Refugee Agency visit.

He wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘It was an honor to meet President @zelenskyyua on #WorldRefugeeDay as part of my visit with UNHCR @refugees to stand in solidarity with people forced to flee in Ukraine and worldwide, and bring more attention to the humanitarian situation. @refugees #WithRefugees (sic)’.

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The actor, 56, visited Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border and shared his experience on social media, noting that millions of people ‘have been forced to flee their homes since the start of the Russian invasion.

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