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From Russia with hate: Vladimir Putin’s ban on Irish democratic voices aims to sow division and doubt between parties

Fionnán Sheahan


52 politicians wear their ban like a badge of honour, but nobody from Sinn Féin or Greens on blacklist

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: Reuters

Taoiseach Micheal Martin described the blacklist as cobbled together and incoherent. Photo: Liam McBurney

Taoiseach Micheal Martin described the blacklist as cobbled together and incoherent. Photo: Liam McBurney

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: Reuters

A genuine heavy-hitter was lined up to address Fine Gael’s ard fheis in Athlone this weekend. Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, now the mayor of Kyiv, was due to speak at the event.

The mayor has been a strong defender of Ukraine since the invasion by Russia, and is a powerful figurehead for the country. So much so, that the Russians even tried to have an impostor pose as him and communicate with officials in other European countries earlier this year.


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