California secessionists seek recognition from Russia, opens ’embassy’ in Moscow

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The illegal California secession movement opened an “embassy” in Moscow.”

Forget all that talk about Russia hacking the election to put Donald Trump in the White House.  A campaign calling for California to secede from the Union has opened an “embassy” in Moscow, and seeks recognition from the Kremlin, Truth Revolt reported Monday, citing the Russian Times.

According to Truth Revolt:

Louis Marinelli, leader of a Brexit-style movement called Yes California, made the announcement Sunday at a press conference, according to Russian Times. He wishes to “lay the groundwork” for bilateral relations between an independent California and Russia. The embassy is not for dealing with diplomatic issues, however; it is intended more as a cultural center to educate Russians about California’s history, boost trade ties, and promote tourism.

“We’re opening up a conversation in Russia and it’s [to] a much smaller degree to the Americans when they wanted their independence from the British empire,” Marinelli explained. “They went and pursued military assistance and so on and so forth. We’re not doing anything like that.

“We’re not requesting military assistance from Russia,” he continued. “We’re certainly going to request recognition of our independence and recognition of our [2019] independence referendum result, as we’re going to request that the entire international community recognizes the results.” Yeah, good luck with that.

But they’re not not requesting military assistance from Russia — yet.


“Marinelli has previously filed several ballot initiative proposals relating to secession for California. However, none of them has been successful in gathering enough signatures to go to a public vote,” RT said.

Here’s video, courtesy of RT (audio shows up about 8 seconds into the video):

In the latter half of the video, one can see posters lionizing the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

Wonder what message those images are intended to convey?  Or do we really need to ask?


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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