‘Badge of Honor’ will be sanctioned by Russia, says Stefanik

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WASHINGTON (WWNY) — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was recently sanctioned by Russia — and is proud of it.

“It is an honor to be sanctioned by the corrupt and authoritarian Kremlin,” she said in a statement.

It’s not an exclusive club, however. Earlier this week, the Kremlin announced it was banning 398 House members from entering the country.

Russian officials say it was in retaliation for the US sanctioning of 328 members of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on March 24.

“Along with other current legislators, who like President N. Pelosi were denied entry into the Russian Federation earlier, all members of the United States Congress were put on a ‘list’ based on the reciprocity,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Here is Stefanik’s full response:

“It is an honor to be sanctioned by the corrupt and authoritarian Kremlin. I am proud to have one of the toughest records in Congress when it comes to resisting the actions of Russia and its criminal dictator of war bloodthirsty Vladimir Putin Before the invasion I introduced crippling sanctions Russia’s performative sanctions against me will not stop me from holding Russia accountable and speaking the truth about the Russian Genocide against the Ukrainian people. Russia’s actions are an atrocity and Vladimir Putin is a thug. I will continue to hold him and his cronies accountable for their war crimes.

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