|“Obama, think about Alaska!” reads one sign at a pro-Crimea-annexation rally in Moscow.|
Uploaded on March 21st, the petition states, with steel-trap logic, “Groups Siberian russians crossed the Isthmus (now the Bering Strait) 16-10 thousand years ago. Russian began to settle on the Arctic coast, Aleuts inhabited the Aleutian Archipelago. First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat St. Gabriel under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the expedition Shestakov and DI Pavlutski 1729-1735 years. Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia.” (Who could argue with that?) As of April 5th, the petition had 38,819 signatures, well on the way to the 100,000 signatures needed to require a response from the President.
Initially we knew only that the petition had been uploaded by one “S.V.,” of Anchorage. Now the Moscow Times reveals that the original petition was in fact created by what it describes, not completely helpfully, as “an organization called Government Communication G2C, a pro-Kremlin ‘communications platform.’”
|A popular “take back Alaska” meme in Russian social media.|
Will someone please remind Russians that penguins live in the Antarctic, not the Arctic?
|Chizhov warns McCain|
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