Britain’s former deputy PM Nick Clegg is among a secret list of 89 western leaders declared persona non-grata by Russia, prompting the UK government to say that there was no justification for the move.

Clegg, the outgoing Liberal Democrat leader, appears to have angered the Kremlin by calling for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 football World Cup in an interview with Sunday Times last July, after President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

Clegg had said it was “unthinkable” that Russia should keep the tournament.

He has been joined on the no-go list by eight other Britons, including former UK foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

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