Russians back secession of California from US, Russian-linked leader of Calexit says

Crowd holding flags of the Kremlin-funded Antiglobalization Movement of Russia, which supports Luis Martinelli's efforts for California secession (Image: realnoevremya.ru)

Crowd holding flags of the Kremlin-funded Antiglobalization Movement of Russia, which supports Luis Martinelli's efforts for California secession (Image: realnoevremya.ru) 

2016/11/23 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Luis Martinelli, who has lived and worked in Russia over much of the last dozen years and who is often described in the Russian media as “the chief separatist of all America,” says that he is working closely with Russia’s Anti-Globalist Movement to promote the secession of California from the United States.

“California wants to separate from the US,” he told Russian portal Realnoye Vremya (Real Time) yesterday, “because we don’t want 49 other states to decide our future.” His movement began two years ago – people then thought “we were insane” — but has gained more supporters since Donald Trump’s election, Martinelli claims.

He says his allies are now collecting the 700,000 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum next year on California’s secession and that he believes that a majority of Californians will vote to leave the US, although he added that the exact way it will depart remains unclear.

“California has its own culture, history and ideology,” Martinelli continues. “We have our own view on questions of peace and so on. We are different people. We are already another nation. Our governor has said that California is a different nation within the US.” But we have to leave to take control of our own lives, he says.

According to Martinelli, “the majority of Americans think that America is the very best country … but this isn’t true.” It “leads” only in two areas: the US has the largest military and the largest number of people in prison.

He says that neither Trump nor Clinton could be his president because “they are not from California” and Trump is especially offensive to him because he wants to impose changes that Californians don’t approve of. “We must choose our own president for the Republic of California and no longer be involved in US policy.”

The California independence movement has people in California who support it, Martinelli says; and “in Russia we have partners who are ready to support us in our efforts. But we ourselves will be doing this without assistance from Russia.” At the same time, “there is a group in Russia with which we work toward a common goal.”

“We in California understand that the world is multi-polar and that it will not always be under the control of the US. And the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia shares our views.” That movement has enjoyed Russian government support, but “we are not connected with the Russian authorities and we are not talking with the Kremlin about what we are doing.”

«Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia» was founded in 2012 to “support countries and peoples who are opposing the dictates of a unipolar world and seeking an alternative agenda.” It lists as its honorary members Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad and Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In September of 2015 and 2016 it conducted Kremlin-fundedconferences” that represented separatist groups from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, Catalonia, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, and the Western Sahara.

The California secessionists have ties in Russia in the first instance with “Russian citizens who work in the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia,” Martinelli says.

Asked if he plans to acquire Russian citizenship, the secessionist activist said that his plans include being “a citizen of the Republic of California” because “I do not want to be a citizen of the US. If for some reason things don’t work out, “I do not intend to remain there [in the United States] because I do not want to live under the American flag.”

Real Time’s Lina Sarimova provides the following brief bio sketch of Martinelli. He is the president of the Yes, California movement and a leader of those promoting the independence of California. He is known for changing his positions. In 2004 he supported John Edwards’ candidacy but is now a Republican, and he opposed unisex marriages but now supports them.

In 2009, he moved to St. Petersburg, Russia and began work in a university there. In 2014, after returning to California, he began agitating for secession. He has some wealthy supporters in Silicon Valley and has 13,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook. He is married to a Russian woman.


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  • zorbatheturk

    This nutjob has had his head up Putin’s a s s for too long. The whole world looks brown. California ain’t going nowhere, Igor.

  • Dirk Smith

    Another Putinbot coward living comfortably in the West. If Trump selects Romney for SOS, it’s over for the Tambov mafia. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b0cede1b01eed04f10dcf172cf877cf97ec1c519df2472305b33c210d4c93df.jpg

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    All Russians must have brain tumours. I can’t explain their behaviour any other way.

    • Oknemfrod

      According to the dwarf, it’s the Russian “extra chromosome” that matters. Am I glad that by virtue of ethnicity, I’m not afflicted with it.

  • Turtler

    As a native Californian, let me say a couple things.

    A: Calexit is a spectacularly bad joke and always has been. I lived in Santa Clara County- which is no Red State, it was your average down-coastal Left of Center place- and there was essentially zero interest in it even after Trump won. Californians have been more seriously considering some kind of internal partition rather than secession (in part because it would not possibly prompt a military response from the rest of it). In large part because if the state ever stopped receiving Federal aid, its’ finances would collapse like a deck of cards.

    The number of people who support this outside of the isolated citadels like Berkley, LA, and Sacramento cannot be large

    B: Claiming that Martinelli is the number one separatist in the US just emphasizes that Russian media is either drunk, stupid, lying, or some mixture of it. La Raza and the Black Power scum would probably like to meet him.

    C: “California wants to separate from the US,because we don’t want 49 other states to decide our future.”

    Well TOUGH TITTY MORON. You shoulda talked to Fremont and the Bear Flaggers to prevent them from entering into that covenant about two centuries ago. But they did, so it stands.

    And the idea that THE STATE WITH THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES is a helpless infnat in the face of the rest of the country is stupid.

    ““California has its own culture, history and ideology,”

    I’ll give him the former two.

    ” “We have our own view on questions of peace and so on.”

    So he’s claiming Californians are hive minds? The fact that I exist disproves that nonsense.

    “We are already another nation. Our governor has said that California is a different nation within the US.”

    To be honest, this might be an example of the totalitarian scumbag touching on a decent point almost in spite of himself, because this is a legitimate view of states in the US. And it was probably close to the one the Founders and many of their contemporaries (including both foreign friends and enemies like the British_ had. And I generally am favor in there being greater states’ rights and some legal way of secession.

    But ultimately, the extent to which he take it is really what is laughable.

    ““the majority of Americans think that America is the very best country … but this isn’t true.”

    The fact that he’s saying this without getting shot or imprisoned discredits his claims. Also, it ignores the fact that it also leads the world in patents filed, for one.

    “He says that neither Trump nor Clinton could be his president because “they are not from California””

    By which logic the only President would be…Nixon.

    I suppose this moron approves of him? Nixon Forever?

    ““We must choose our own president for the Republic of California and no longer be involved in US policy.””

    Uh, dumbarse: even if by chance you DID secede and not get smashed, you would still be bordered by the US in essentially every way. You would still have to be involved in US Policy. So this is a pipe dream.

    • Steve

      I grew up in CA and left in 1983 and never looked back but unfortunately I still have family there. U R correct on all your statements especially about money from the rest of the U.S. that keeps CA afloat. Never mind they would have to build their won complete gov’t, military, etc, etc as well as negotiate recognition, embassies, consulates, passports, ICAO in order to fly anything commercially outside CA. The list is endless. But maybe the discussion of internal partition that I have heard since the 1960’s will come true and maybe, oh maybe the San Andreas Fault will solve all our problems and send the Left Coast out to sea :)

  • Mykola Banderachuk

    You have to wonder how much he is paid by the putinites-how much are useful idiots worth?

  • zorbatheturk

    Stupid RuSSkiys. They still haven’t got over losing Alaska.

    • Tin Can

      Seems Russians see and support separatist movements everywhere except in their country.
      I hope Trump has contingency plans when Russia starts separating into pieces.

  • WorldCommenter

    Has anyone noticed that Putin’s Russia is funding or supporting seperatist movements all over Europe and now in the USA. They are try to implement a “divide and conquer” strategy on a worldwide basis so Russia is the only major power NOT DEALING with seperatist, refugees and other “synthetic” issues.