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Lanie Tindale

'Better than the blue tick': All the Canberrans on Russia's banned list

Tensions in the Ukraine

Canberra is regarded by its occupants as home to Australia's brightest and best educated; most refined and fashion-forward.

But with the Russian government announcing 121 Australians were banned from the Kremlin on Thursday, the nation's capital may also add "most Russophobic" to that list.

An estimated 44 of Canberra's most high-profile residents will now have to cancel their winter holiday plans to Russia, where they hoped to enjoy the beautiful weather and smiling, friendly locals.

One imagines the mood at the ADF, Department of Defence and the ANU was particularly grim on Friday, as people like General Angus Campbell and Professor Brian Schmidt realised they would be stuck drinking watered-down ethanol at home.

Surprisingly, one of the men in Vladimir Putin's burn book - ANU defence studies professor Matthew Sussex - seemed to take the slight as some kind of compliment.

Despite being called "a grotsky little byotch" by the Russian President, Mr Sussex said it was "a badge of honour" to be included.

"[It's even] better than the blue tick on Twitter," he said.

"It's a bit like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow sent the embassy a cable that said, we need 121 names, off you go and find them. I don't think it's all that coherent.

"I've had slightly aggrieved messages from people who think they deserve to be on the list and weren't. And I've said, look, I'm sure your time will come."

The staff at the Australian Institute of Policy Studies have been naughty little Matryoshka dolls, with five members of the small office on the list.

If anything, this masthead is offended none of our reporters or editors have been banned from the arctic nation.

Much like an uneducated rural Russian policeman, I naively put myself forward as tribute.

Otherwise, I might just spend my July break on the Trans-Siberian express, reading War and Peace and writing about it too.

Canberrans on Russia's banned list*

  1. Professor Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice-Chancellor
  2. Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb, ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  3. Professor John Blaxland, ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  4. Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  5. Sky News senior political reporter Jonathan Lea
  6. Daily Telegraph national political editor Simon Benson
  7. Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell
  8. Defence secretary Greg Moriarty
  9. Royal Australian Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Darren Goldie
  10. Australian Defence Force Vice-Admiral David Johnson
  11. Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Justin Bassi
  12. The Australian political editor Simon Benson
  13. Chief of Army Lieutenant-General Rick Burr
  14. Australian Institute for Strategic Policy senior analyst Malcolm Davis
  15. Head of Air Force Capability Air Vice-Marshal Robert Denney
  16. Deputy Chief of Army Major-General Natasha Fox
  17. Deputy secretary capability acquisition and sustainment Anthony Fraser
  18. Lieutenant-General John Frewen
  19. Sydney Morning Herald national security correspondent Anthony Galloway
  20. Defence deputy secretary people Justine Greig
  21. Department of Defence chief finance officer Steven Groves
  22. Deputy Navy Chief Rear Admiral Mark Hammond
  23. The Australian columnist Peter Hoysted
  24. Senior Fellow at the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy Peter Jennings
  25. Vice-Chief of the Defence Force Vice-Admiral David Johnston
  26. Australian Strategic Policy Institute's Anastasia Kapetas
  27. Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly
  28. Senior Political Reporter at Sky News Australia Jonathan Lea
  29. The Australian federal political reporter Jess Malcolm
  30. Chief Nuclear Powered Submarine Task Force Vice-Admiral Jonathan Mead
  31. Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith
  32. Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro
  33. Department of Defence secretary Greg Moriarty
  34. Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Michael Noonan
  35. The Australian's foreign affairs and defence correspondent Ben Packham
  36. Department of Defence chief information officer Stephen Pearson
  37. Department of Defence deputy secretary of security and estate Celia Perkins
  38. Head of Navy capability Pete Quinn
  39. Federal politics reporter for NCA Newswire Ellen Ransley
  40. Head of Navy Engineering Rear-Admiral Katherine Richards
  41. Australian Strategic Policy Institute's Michael Shoebridge
  42. Deputy Chief of Navy and Head of Navy people Rear-Admiral Chris Smith
  43. Commander of the 3rd Brigade Scott Winter
  44. Department of Defence associate secretary Matt Yannopoulos

* Note: This list was largely based off LinkedIn searches and may contain inaccuracies. Email corrections to

ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt has been banned from travelling to Russia. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

Australians on the banned list

  1. Aaron Patrick (The Australian Financial Review)
  2. Amanda Hodge (The Australian)
  3. Anastasia Kapetas (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
  4. Andrew Bolt (Sky News)
  5. Andrew Forrest (Fortescue Metals Group)
  6. Angus Campbell (ADF)
  7. Annika Burgess (ABC)
  8. Anthony Dalton (ADF)
  9. Anthony De Ceglie (The West Australian)
  10. Anthony Fraser (ADF)
  11. Anthony Galloway (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  12. Ben English (Daily Telegraph)
  13. Ben Packham (The Australian)
  14. Ben Saul (University of Sydney)
  15. Bevan Shields (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  16. Brian Paul Schmidt (Australian National University)
  17. Carrie-Anne Greenback (Nine)
  18. Celia Perkins (Department of Defence)
  19. Chris Griffith (The Australian)
  20. Christopher Dore (The Australian)
  21. Christopher Smith (ADF)
  22. Daniel Sankey (The Australian)
  23. Darren Goldie (ADF)
  24. Darren Goldie (ADF)
  25. David Johnston (ADF)
  26. David Thomae (ADF)
  27. Ellen Ransley (News Corp Australia Newswire)
  28. Eric Campbell (ABC)
  29. Gavan Reynolds (Defence)
  30. Gay Alcorn (The Age)
  31. Gemma Jones (The Advertiser)
  32. Geoff Winestock (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  33. Geoffrey Roberston (Barrister)
  34. George Savvides (SBS)
  35. Gina Rinehart (Hancock Prospecting)
  36. Graham Richardson (The Australian)
  37. Greg Bilton (ADF)
  38. Greg Moriarty (Department of Defence)
  39. Greg Sheridan (The Australian)
  40. Harry Triguboff (Meriton)
  41. Ita Buttrose (ABC)
  42. Jacquelin Magnay (The Australian)
  43. Jarrod Villani (Paramount Australian and New Zealand)
  44. Jason Dasey (ABC)
  45. Jess Malclom (The Australian)
  46. John Blaxland (Australian National University)
  47. John Frewen (ADF)
  48. John Silvester (The Age)
  49. Jonathan Lea (Sky News)
  50. Jonathan Mead (ADF)
  51. Justin Bassi (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
  52. Justine Greig (ADF)
  53. Kate Geraghty (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  54. Katherine Richards (ADF)
  55. Kellie Parker (Nine)
  56. Kerry Stokes (Seven West Media)
  57. Kishor Napier-Raman (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  58. Lachlan Murdoch (News Corp)
  59. Liz Hayes (Nine)
  60. Lucy Sweeney (ABC)
  61. Malcolm Davis (Australian Institute for Strategic Policy)
  62. Mark Davies (Rio Tinto)
  63. Mark Hammond (ADF)
  64. Matt Yannopoulos (Defence)
  65. Matthew Pearse (ADF)
  66. Matthew Sussex (Australian National University)
  67. Mel Hupfeld (ADF)
  68. Michael Brissenden (ABC)
  69. Michael Fullilove (Lowy institute)
  70. Michael Miller (News Corp Australia)
  71. Michael Noonan (ADF)
  72. Michael Shoebridge (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
  73. Michael Stutchbury (The Australian Financial Review)
  74. Mick Ryan (Military expert)
  75. Mike Cannon-Brookes (Atlassian)
  76. Mike Sneesby (Nine)
  77. Misha Zelinsky (The Australian Financial Review)
  78. Monica Attard (University of Technology Sydney)
  79. Natasha Fox (ADF)
  80. Olga Boichak (University of Technology Sydney)
  81. Patricia Karvelas (ABC)
  82. Paul Dibb (Australian National University)
  83. Paul Kelly (The Australian)
  84. Paul Kenny (ADF)
  85. Pete Quinn (ADF)
  86. Peter Costello (Nine)
  87. Peter Hartcher (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  88. Peter Hoysted (The Australian)
  89. Peter Jennings (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)
  90. Peter Layton (Griffith University)
  91. Peter Malinauskas (Premier of South Australia)
  92. Peter Tesch (Defence)
  93. Prudence Murdoch MacLeod (News Corp)
  94. Rebecca Armitage (ABC)
  95. Richard Wood (Nine)
  96. Rick Burr (ADF)
  97. Rob Harris (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  98. Robert Denney (ADF)
  99. Robert Horvath (La Trobe)
  100. Robert Murray (Southern Cross Austereo)
  101. Robert Plath (Department of Defence)
  102. Sam Weir (Herald Sun)
  103. Samantha Hawley (ABC)
  104. Scott Farquhar (Atlassian)
  105. Scott Winter (ADF)
  106. Sean Nicholls (ABC)
  107. Simon Benson (The Australian)
  108. Simon Stuart (ADF)
  109. Simon Trott (Rio Tinto)
  110. Stan Grant (ABC)
  111. Stephen Jobson (ADF)
  112. Stephen Meredith (ADF)
  113. Stephen Pearson (Department of Defence)
  114. Steven Groves (Department of Defence)
  115. Sumeyya Ilanbey (The Age)
  116. Tanya Monro (ADF)
  117. Tim Elliott (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  118. Toby Walsh (Academic)
  119. Tony Wright (The Age)
  120. Will Swanton (The Australian)
  121. Chris Zappone (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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