Three Colorado officials named in new list of people banned from Russia

By: - May 24, 2023 12:44 pm

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is seen wearing a tie emblazoned with the symbol of state flag during his inauguration ceremony at the Colorado Capitol in Denver, Jan. 10, 2023. (Kevin Mohatt for Colorado Newsline)

Three elected officials from Colorado are included on a new list that Russia’s Foreign Ministry released of 500 U.S. citizens banned from entering the country. 

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Attorney General Phil Weiser and U.S. Rep. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood, all Democrats, are named on the list alongside other government officials, journalists, professors and historians, and arms company leaders who have supported Ukraine. 


The Russian ministry’s statement said the new entry bans come as the Biden administration “regularly imposes personal anti-Russia sanctions … to create as much hardship for Russia as possible.” 

Polis tweeted about being named to the list, joking that he’d have to reschedule a trip to Crimea “until it returns to Ukrainian sovereignty (hopefully not too much longer!)” 

“Governor Polis has long spoken out against Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine and will continue to support freedom and democracy even if that puts him on a no-travel list,” a spokesperson for Polis said.

Weiser also tweeted about the list, noting he has “lots of good company,” including former President Barack Obama. A spokesperson for Weiser said he continues to stand with the people of Ukraine as they fight for their sovereignty and freedom. 

“A list I am proud to be on—banned from entering Russia,” Weisier’s tweet said. 

All three Colorado officials have shown support for Ukraine amid the country’s invasion by Russia. 

Another list from Russia banned hundreds of members of Congress from entering the country last May, including all members of the Colorado federal delegation at the time excluding Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1:26 p.m., May 24, 2023, to include comment from a spokesperson for Polis.


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Lindsey Toomer
Lindsey Toomer

Lindsey Toomer covers politics, social justice and other stories for Newsline. She formerly reported on city government at the Denver Gazette and on Colorado mountain town government, education and environment at the Summit Daily News.