No, 30,000 Alaskans Did Not Sign a Petition to Join Russia

Most of the signers don't even list a state.


I assumed that this non-story would have gone away on its own, but some conservative sites still insist on taking it seriously.

Some Alaskans apparently are not opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent annexation of Crimea—in fact, they are hoping to be grabbed up next. More than 30,000 Alaskans have signed the petition “Alaska back to Russia,” pleading that the White House allow them to secede and join their native land. If the request garners 100,000 signatures by April 20, the White House will make an official response.

The petition titled "WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Alaska back to Russia" was clearly authored by a Russian language speaker with no sense of how grammar in this language works.

The author claims to be in Anchorage. With sentences like, "Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia" he's more likely to be based out of Moscow.

Most of the signers don't even list a state. The few who do list a state seem to be in New York. After scrolling a dozen pages, I've seen Akron, Ohio and Lutz, Florida and Bellevue, WA. I have yet to find one Alaskan signature.

Even one fake Alaskan signature.

I won't speculate on the reason why people from other states might want to get rid of Alaska, but I'm sure if we had a petition to turn over California or New York to Russia, a bunch of people from other states might sign on to it too as a joke.

There's enough Russian propaganda floating around the internet. I don't see why conservative sites should be adding to it. It's one thing to point out that Obama is weak and inept. It's another thing to champion an enemy nation and its tyrant.