RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares was one of 500 American leaders and political leaders recently sanctioned by the Russian government, according to a statement from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Other prominent names on the list include former President Barack Obama and TV host Stephen Colbert.

“Being on Russia’s ‘Banned Americans’ list is a badge of honor,” Miyares said. “My family’s story is a threat to Putin’s agenda. I will never stop talking about the harms of socialism and communism, and the benefits of freedom, free speech and a free press.”

Miyares was the only statewide Virginia official on the list.