Sen. Lindsey Graham now on Russia's list of 'extremists and terrorists'

 February 21, 2024

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) just made a rather unsettling Russian list.

According to Politico, in the wake of Graham's strong language regarding the death of Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny, Graham was reportedly added to the country's list of "extremists and terrorists."

Graham had openly blamed Putin for Navalny's death, and even called on President Joe Biden to declare Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism."

The South Carolina Republican held nothing back in his criticism of Putin with regard to his top critic's sudden and mysterious death during a recent Face the Nation interview.

"Navalny was one of the bravest people I ever met. When he went back to Russia he had to know he was going to be killed by Putin, and he was murdered by Putin,” Graham said during the interview.

He added, "President Biden told Putin, if something happens to Navalny, you’re going to pay a price. President Biden, I agree with you, the price they should pay is to make Russia a state sponsor of terrorism."

Fox News noted:

Russia's state financial watchdog, which handles the "terrorist and extremist" list, announced Graham's addition on Tuesday. Graham blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for Navalny's death this weekend, and he also called for the U.S. to add Russia to its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Graham reacted to the news of his name being included on the list with humor in a recent X post.

"I call your 'terrorists and extremists' bid and raise you 'State Sponsor of Terrorism under U.S. law.' Believe it or not, 2024 is going to be a bad year for Putin’s Russia," Graham wrote, adding a checklist of reasons why he believes Russia will have a "bad" 2024 under Putin.

Graham, known in Washington as a "Russia Hawk," has been highly critical of the country and especially Putin in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

He's often bragged about becoming hated by Putin and the Russian government.

"To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin’s regime brings me immense joy. I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine’s freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory," Graham wrote on X in May of 2023.

Graham has long backed continued aid payments to Ukraine, but recently switched gears and voted against a $95 billion Senate bill that would have sent more money to the country.