St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square under the morning sky.
St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square under the morning sky. Credit: Baturina Yuliya / Shutterstock

Connecticut’s congressional delegation were among the 963 Americans permanently banned from Russia by the country’s Foriegn Ministry this weekend in response to U.S. support of sanctions stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The list includes all five of the state’s U.S. representatives as well as its two U.S. senators and other notable figures including President Joe Biden, actor Morgan Freeman, and former U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died in 2018. 

“Russia does not seek confrontation and is open to honest, mutually respectful dialogue, separating the American people, who are always respected by us, from the US authorities, who incite Russophobia, and those who serve them. It is these people who are included in the Russian ‘black list,’” a press release from the Russian Foreign Ministry read. 

Banned Connecticut officials included U.S. Reps. John Larson, D-1st District, Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, Jim Himes, D-4th District, and Jahana Hayes, D-5th District as well as U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

Several members of the delegation celebrated their bans in statements and social media posts.

“It is a badge of honor,” Larson said in a statement Monday. “I’m proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and work in Washington to ensure they have what they need to fight this unwarranted attack from Russia.”

“I’m honored to receive a lifetime ban from Russia for my work to help defend the democracy of Ukraine,” DeLauro said in a Twitter post. “Putin, my feelings aren’t hurt. The collection of those banned for life from Russia come from all walks of life. I will always stand united with the people of Ukraine.”

“Putin has banned me from Russia—a badge of honor from a barbaric butcher,” Blumenthal said in a Twitter post. “My message back: America must expand military aid, humanitarian help, & crippling economic measures to assure brave, fierce Ukrainian fighters defeat you.”