‘Calexit’: Yes California movement opens ‘embassy’ in Moscow


A campaign calling for the independence of California from the United States has opened an “embassy” in Moscow.

The movement, Yes California, is hoping for a “Calexit” break from the US. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Louis Marinelli, leader of the movement, said the embassy will not deal with diplomatic issues, but will act as more of a cultural center that will educate Russians about California’s history, boost trade ties and promote tourism.  


“We’re not requesting military assistance from Russia,” Marinelli explained. “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.”

The California independence movement gained some traction, particularly on social media, in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory in November. It describes itself as a “nonviolent campaign to establish the country of California using any and all legal and constitutional means to do so.”

On Sunday, Marinelli added that he wishes to “lay the groundwork” for bilateral relations between an independent California and Russia.


“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. They went and pursued military assistance and so on and so forth. We’re not doing anything like that.”

The campaign hopes to hold a referendum on independence in spring 2019 should they be able to gather the 500,000 signatures required for it to be put to a public ballot.

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.


6 thoughts on “‘Calexit’: Yes California movement opens ‘embassy’ in Moscow

  1. “On Sunday, Marinelli added that he wishes to “lay the groundwork” for bilateral relations between an independent California and Russia.”

    Got a news flash for ya, @sswipe.

    Putin HATES FAGS, and your POS state is putrid with them.

  2. I’d be thrilled if they took their massive debt, their anti freedom, anti gun, anti history, anti traditional lives, and their special snowflake agendas with them. Please collect all the Californians that left your ill-run, debt-up-to-your-eyeballs state, who are trying to ruin their new host states ….yah..take them with you. Your leaving the USA will relieve us of your huge debt. Maybe once YOU own your own debt, you’ll realize SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR ALL THE FREE STUFF! I’m sick of bailing out socialists.

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