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Wed Feb 1, 2017, 12:05 PM

 

From His Home in Russia, #Calexit Leader Plots California Secession (REMINDER)

On paper, the leader of the California secession movement lives in an apartment complex near San Diego’s Golden Hill neighborhood. But in reality, the Calexit campaign is being run by a 30-year-old who lives and works in a city on the edge of Siberia.

Louis Marinelli heads the secessionist group Yes California. Following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the organization has gone from an unknown fringe group to one discussed seriously in mainstream media.

What has not been discussed as prominently is Marinelli’s deep ties to Russia.

A former right-wing activist from Buffalo, New York, Marinelli first moved to Russia almost a decade ago. He studied at St. Petersburg State University, the alma mater of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He returned to the United States to campaign against LGBTQ rights as part of the National Organization for Marriage.

Marinelli then returned to Russia. He would marry a Russian citizen, and the couple moved to San Diego, where Marinelli launched a political career based on a platform of California secession.

“I immigrated to California, and I consider myself to be a Californian,” Marinelli says from his apartment in Yekaterinburg, a city of about 1.4 million just east of the Ural Mountains and about 1,000 miles from Moscow.

In an interview with The California Report, Marinelli confirms he’s living and working in Russia as a teacher.

More in link plus audio: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/12/13/from-his-home-in-russia-calexit-leader-plots-california-secession/



Cal exit opens "embassy" in Russia


http://www.notey.com/blogs/calexit

There is Louis Marinelli in burgundy suit!






SEP 2016. Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas:

The speaker was calling for California’s independence from the United States.

Alexei Gavrilko nodded approvingly. A burly, bearded, camouflage-wearing separatist from eastern Ukraine, he said he had come to the posh Moscow hotel just outside the Kremlin to “communicate with colleagues” representing separatist and secessionist groups from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

During a conference dubbed the Dialogue of Nations, Gavrilko listened carefully to Louis Marinelli, head of the Yes California group that is determined to hold the Golden State’s “independence referendum” in 2019.

“For the first time in history, we, the people of California, who were conquered and annexed by the American military about 170 years ago, will have a chance to express our voice to either remain a state in the American union, or instead, to pursue a path toward a nationhood,” Marinelli said solemnly.

Gavrilko, who is from the unrecognized but de facto independent Donetsk region, and the entire separatist crowd cheered and applauded. They did it again, louder, when Nate Smith, a self-proclaimed “foreign minister” of the Texas Nationalist Movement, promised that one day, the independent Lone Star state “can formally exchange ambassadors with your free and independent countries.”

The arrival of Californian, Texan, Puerto Rican, Northern Irish, Catalan, Italian and Lebanese secessionists to mingle with activists from several unrecognized separatist territories in former Soviet republics is becoming a tradition as Moscow turns to belligerent, anti-Western nationalism coupled with a readiness to take up arms against its former Soviet vassals.

Moscow uses these gatherings to promote its political agenda, gain more political leverage in the West and push for the lifting of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow after its 2014 annexation of Crimea and support of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party said.

“The more the West is disunited, the more beneficial it is to Russia,” Sergei Markov said, adding that the secession of California and Texas — a prospect that would appear to be something of a long shot — would “undoubtedly benefit” the Kremlin.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-separatists-snap-story.html





The more the West is disunited, the more beneficial it is to Russia,

“The more the West is disunited, the more beneficial it is to Russia,” Sergei Markov said, adding that the secession of California and Texas — a prospect that would appear to be something of a long shot — would “undoubtedly benefit” the Kremlin.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-separatists-snap-story.html





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Madam45for2923 Feb 2017 OP
hells Feb 2017 #1
Madam45for2923 Feb 2017 #2
KittyWampus Feb 2017 #3
DemocratSinceBirth Feb 2017 #4
NewJeffCT Feb 2017 #7
still_one Feb 2017 #5
Madam45for2923 Feb 2017 #6

Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2017, 12:07 PM

1. Divide and conquer

That's their plan. Hopefully they won't succeed

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Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2017, 12:08 PM

2. Russian Ruse!

 

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Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2017, 12:09 PM

3. When I originally heard, it seemed kind of an interesting idea. And then I found out

 

who is behind it and why.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 1, 2017, 12:19 PM

4. Of course Russia wants to see the dissolution of the United States. That's why they installed Trump.

As a Californian I have to weigh the benefits of leaving against the responsibilities we have to the people left behind.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 09:03 AM

7. the Russians did a pretty good job of dividing Democrats/progressives

in 2016. I would not expect them to stop any time soon.

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Response to Madam45for2923 (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2017, 12:29 PM

5. Thanks for the info

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Response to still_one (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 09:02 AM

6. Thanks for your Thanks!

 

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