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‘Huw’ve been banned!’ – Huw Edwards on Russia’s latest blacklist

01 Aug 2022 3 minute read
Huw Edwards (Credit: BBC)

Welsh broadcaster Huw Edwards is on the latest list of politicians and journalists to be banned from Russia.

David Cameron and Sir Keir Starmer have also been blacklisted by the Kremlin as have journalists including TalkTV’s Piers Morgan, ITV’s Robert Peston and head of Sky News, John Ryley.

Mr Edwards, a regular presenter of BBC News at Ten among other programmes, posted an image on Twitter of his name appearing as number 39 out of 39 on the list, and added Welsh and Ukrainian flags, saying: “Huw’ve been banned! I made the Kremlin cut.”

Mr Morgan, writing on Twitter, said: “It wasn’t on my immediate vacation to-do list.”

James Crisp, The Telegraph’s Europe Editor, said he was “surprised” to find himself banned from entering Russia.

“Still. It’s always nice to have been read,” he said on Twitter.

While Jerome Starkey, who writes about defence for The Sun, retweeted an image of his name on the list, saying: “Good company.”


Former prime minister Mr Cameron is the first name on the list, followed by Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, a former Nato secretary-general, while Labour leader Sir Keir and shadow cabinet ministers Lisa Nandy, David Lammy and Nick Thomas-Symonds also feature.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Scottish Government Economy Secretary Kate Forbes and transport minister Wendy Morton, previously in the Foreign Office, are also among those included.

Mr Blackford said: “The SNP will continue to stand up and oppose Russia’s illegal actions in Ukraine, and we welcome the sanctions that have been imposed so far.”

He added: “We must be united in the face of President Putin’s aggression and the co-ordinated solidarity shown for Ukraine must and cannot waver.”


The Russian foreign ministry issued a list of newly sanctioned individuals it said are no longer allowed to enter the Russian Federation.

It said the action was in response to UK sanctions issued against Russian ministers, officials and members of influential families linked to the Kremlin following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian foreign ministry claimed those individuals sanctioned have contributed to “London’s hostile course aimed at the demonisation of our country and its international isolation”.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement: “As has been noted more than once, the pernicious actions of the UK in planting Russophobia, spreading false information about our country and supporting the Kyiv neo-Nazi regime will receive an adequate and decisive response from the Russian side.

“The choice in favour of confrontation is a conscious decision of the British political establishment, which bears all responsibility for the consequences.”

The statement also said it will continue work to expand the list.

‘Badge of honour’

Earlier this year, Russia said it was taking action against 287 MPs in retaliation for sanctions against Russian politicians.

But the list included several former MPs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in April that MPs should regard their inclusion on the list as a “badge of honour”.

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Morgan Morgan
Morgan Morgan
7 days ago

The Idiot Drakeford is devastated he wasn’t relevant enough to make the list; he’s going to have to start playing nicer with them pesky Saesneg now to annoy the Russians.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
7 days ago

Shame, Russia was an amazing country to visit.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 days ago

That’s not what Napoleon or Adolf said on Trip Adviser…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 days ago

‘Badge of Honour’ as he’s not a citizen of Russia he will have to make do with ‘Hero of Russia’ for bringing the UK to its knees…

Last edited 7 days ago by Mab Meirion
7 days ago

I would like to see a list of Western politicians and journalists who have NOT been banned from entering Russia. The first name that comes to mind would be Donald Trump.

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
7 days ago

It’s like Hatie Kopkins (remember her?) blocking you from her WhatsApp group.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 days ago

Let me know when Huw quits the BBC…

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