Cal­i­for­nia se­ces­sion­ist to open its first ‘em­bassy’ in Moscow

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

A U.S. ci­ti­zen spear­head­ing the Cal­i­for­nia se­ces­sion­ist move­ment said he would open an em­bassy in Moscow as his sep­a­ratist cam­paign looked to Rus­sia for recog­ni­tion.

Louis Marinelli, pres­i­dent of the Yes Cal­i­for­nia In­de­pen­dence Cam­paign, opened the doors Sun­day to the Golden State’s first “em­bassy” in none other than the Rus­sian cap­i­tal.

Mr. Marinelli, 30, has been one of the most vo­cal pro­po­nents in re­cent years of the move­ment ded­i­cated to­ward Cal­i­for­nia in­de­pen­dence.

“Cal­i­for­nia can’t be­come a coun­try with­out recog­ni­tion from other coun­tries,” Mr. Marinelli, who now lives in Rus­sia, tweeted re­cently.

His ef­forts have se­cured Rus­sian sup­port in the form of the AntiGlob­al­iza­tion Move­ment of Rus­sia, a Krem­lin-funded group whose web­site de­scribes it­self as “op­posed to the global dom­i­nance of transna­tional cor­po­ra­tions and supra­na­tional trade and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.”

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