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Take Alaska Please: White House Petition To Give Alaska To Russia Has 22K Signatures

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A White House petition titled “Alaska back to Russia” has more than 22,000 signatures. If it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will get an official response from the administration.

The brief petition argues that Russian explorers first visited Alaska in 1732, so technically the area is theirs.

“Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia,” it reads.

The United States bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.

The real irony is that Russia originally rented the territory to the U.S. because the area was too vulnerable and the Russian economy was lagging after the Crimean War, according to Mediaite.

A similar petition for the secession of Texas collected more than 100,000 signatures, and the White House issued this response:

"Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States 'in order to form a more perfect union' through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. They enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot -- a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it."

Sources: Mediaite, UPI

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