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Putin Sanctioning Pro-Gay Obama Campaign Donors

The Daily Beast is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expanded his secret “black list” of Americans banned from Russia to include both senior Congressmen and top Obama campaign fundraisers tied to the LGBT community.

Sources say the expansion was in retaliation to the Obama administration’s March sanctions on certain Russian officials over their involvement with the crisis in Ukraine. Among them was Yelena Mizulina, author of Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda.’

PutinDiplomatic sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that the expanded and still-secret Russian sanctions list includes five top Obama campaign bundlers as well as about a dozen top Senators and Congressmen who were not included in the first list. The names of the specific bundlers remains a secret, but a focus was put on those with ties to the gay and lesbian community; it’s a reflection of the ongoing fight between the Kremlin and the White House over Russia’s laws punishing the promotion of LGBT “propaganda.”

Because the Russian list is secret, the only way a bundler or lawmaker can determine if he or she is on the sanctions list is to apply for a visa to visit Russia. If the visa is rejected without explanation, the applicant is on the list. Early last year, well before the Ukraine crisis, Rep. Chris Smith discovered he was on Russia’s black list when he applied for a visa. Smith has been a harsh critic of Russia’s record on human rights.

Last week, the U.S. released a third list of Russian officials, businessmen, and institutions subject to sanctions

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  1. Gawd. He's such a little drama queen.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 2, 2014 2:44:17 PM

  2. Aww, such a bummer we can't get a visa to your sh*thole of a country.

    Posted by: DW | May 2, 2014 2:45:00 PM

  3. Who a hell would like to go to Russia?

    Posted by: lukebrux | May 2, 2014 2:45:32 PM

  4. Brian Brown likes to go to Russia because he was given VIP treatment there while he becomes more and more irrelevant in the US.

    Posted by: simon | May 2, 2014 2:58:17 PM

  5. Were any of them going to that dump anyway?

    Posted by: Randy | May 2, 2014 3:03:24 PM

  6. This might curtail some of the overseas fundraising that's popular now, but Obama is not running again, so the impact should be slight. It's a tit-for-tat emotional response.

    Posted by: anon | May 2, 2014 3:03:55 PM

  7. Pffft...As if they care about that nasty fascist barbarian trash country.

    Posted by: Sean | May 2, 2014 3:07:28 PM

  8. It's like the Nazis barring the Jews from entrance into the concentration camps.

    Posted by: Mark | May 2, 2014 3:16:03 PM

  9. So glad that gays can be a pawn in this crapfest....

    Posted by: Rad | May 2, 2014 3:20:35 PM

  10. This is the 21st century equivalent of Nixon's Enemies List--people are proud to be on it.

    President Botox needs to just calmly introduce the world to his boyfriend and then take a step back.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | May 2, 2014 3:30:37 PM

  11. They don't get to come to the USA.

    We don't get to go to Russia.

    Yep, I'd say we win in that dynamic.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | May 2, 2014 3:48:24 PM

  12. Too bad, I was really looking forward to that multi-city tour of Kiev, Kampala, and Mogadishu.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 2, 2014 4:04:39 PM

  13. You don't mean "sanctioning".


    Posted by: BobN | May 2, 2014 4:19:06 PM

  14. He's a thug, but my question is who would want to go to that miserable country anyway?

    Posted by: Rich | May 2, 2014 4:43:24 PM

  15. Wow, Putin is smoking the bad stuff again :(

    Posted by: mike1969 | May 2, 2014 5:14:49 PM

  16. Russia has never been a top listed destination anyway, their economy is already suffering.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | May 2, 2014 5:29:12 PM

  17. Please look up the verb "to sanction."

    Posted by: jmg | May 2, 2014 5:49:04 PM

  18. Say what you will about Russians. Serbian men and boys are the hottest. I would prefer suction to sanction.

    Posted by: GB | May 2, 2014 6:05:00 PM

  19. Say what you will about Russians. Serbian men and boys are the hottest. I would prefer suction to sanction.

    Posted by: GB | May 2, 2014 6:05:00 PM

  20. Say what you will about Russians. Serbian men and boys are the hottest. I would prefer suction to sanction.

    Posted by: GB | May 2, 2014 6:05:01 PM

  21. Milkman: Kiev is not in Russia... Yet.

    Posted by: KevinVt | May 2, 2014 6:42:46 PM

  22. Just think the IOC gave this nitwit the olympics.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 2, 2014 9:33:57 PM

  23. Here's an indication of how dumb that country is:
    I'm at the airport in Moscow and I go into one of their duty-free shops and pile up a bunch of caviar - about $500 or $600 worth. Go to pay. They only take cash, no credit cards.

    Posted by: me | May 2, 2014 9:43:44 PM

  24. Oh "Me"... oh My!!!

    Posted by: Arrow | May 3, 2014 12:57:41 AM

  25. So, the contributors can't go to Russia and why exactly is that a problem for them? I mean, would they really even want to. Let's contrast that with the thousands of Russians who would give their eye-teeth to come to America.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | May 3, 2014 10:42:39 AM

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