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Dick Durbin Likely Banned From Russia

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    Illinois Senator Dick Durbin likely won't be able to travel to Russia anymore. 

    For shame. 

    The Senate Majority Whip is among the top officials expected to be named to a retaliatory sanctions list by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

    President Barack Obama released a sanctions list Monday that includes seven Russian and four Ukranian officials from holding assets or traveling to the United States after a vote to annex the Ukranian state of Crimea ended with Russia taking over the area.

    Putin's list is considered a direct retaliation against those sanctions and his list is meant to mirror Obama's. 

    Durbin, who co-authored a resolution criticizing Russia's Crimean aggression, told The Daily Beast that he thinks of the list as sort of a badge of honor. 

    "My Lithuanian-born mother would be proud her son made Vladimir Putin’s American enemies list."