Russia bans CT congressional delegation

Sen. Blumenthal: It is an "honor" to be banned from Russia
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT Photo credit Getty Images

Some 963 Americans are on a new Kremlin list of people banned from Russia.
President Joe Biden and many senior U.S. officials are on the list.

Also persona non grata in Russia is Connecticut's entire congressional delegation.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal reacted by saying it is an honor from a "barbaric butcher," in a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Connecticut's other Democratic senator, Chris Murphy, agrees, calling the designation a "badge of honor."

Another delegation member, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT03) reacted with an open message to Russia's president. "Putin," DeLauro said, "my feelings aren't hurt."