Left: Bloomberg illustration. Right: An image from Internet archives.
  • Californians will vote on splitting their state into three parts on November 6, 2018
  • The man behind Cal3 has ten years of working relationship and financial involvement with the Russian government and oligarchs
  • Russia supports separatists movements in California, Texas, and worldwide (Ukraine, UK, Catalonia, Kurdistan)
  • The Russian secret service has a long history of funding separatist groups and movements around the world through business companies and installing puppet regimes in other countries.
  • With the US and NATO officials warning about the Russian meddling in 2018 elections, dismissing Cal3 campaign is unwise


A proposal to divide California into three separate states will appear on the November 2018 ballot.

The author and sponsor of this proposal, a billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, first spoke about dividing California in 2013.

Left Source: Right, Source:

His first attempt to divide California into six smaller states in 2014 cost him $5.2 million but the proposal failed to qualify for the ballot: only 750,000 of the 1.14 million signatures were valid. His second attempt in 2016 also failed.

In 2018, Draper cut the number of new states to three, and “cleared the requirement for petitioners, reportedly paying canvassers $3 per signature.” The “Cal 3” campaign got enough signatures for a statewide referendum.


From 2007, Draper and his investment fund, DFJ (Draper Fisher Jurvetson), are closely involved with the Kremlin-sponsored agencies in Russia.

Left: From VTB website. Right: DFJ VTB Capital Aurora information.
  • In 2007, DFJ co-managed the fund DFJ-VTB Capital Aurora with the Kremlin-controlled bank, the VTB (Vneshtorgbank.) Note: DFJ was not contributing directly to the fund: half of the money came from the Russian government and twenty percent from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.
Left: Right: Press release, VTB Group.
  • VTB Group is owned by the Russian Government. Its main shareholder (60.9%) is Federal Agency for State Property Management (parent company: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.)
VTB is owned and reports to the Russian Federation government and Putin.
  • The CEO of VTB is Andrei Kostin, a close ally of Putin, sanctioned by the US in April 2018.
Left: Screenshot from FOX News. Kostin has been nicknamed “Putin’s banker.” Right: Putin and Kostin.
Left: Rusnano, VTB and DFJ-VTB announce partnership. Right: Anatoly Chubais, the current CEO of Rusnano reports to Putin on the results of nine years of operation.

“The overall size of the family fund at the first stage will be $100 million. RUSNANO will commit $50 million to the fund, VTB — $50 million,” stated the press release.

The CEO of Rusnano is appointed by the President of Russia.

  • In 2007, (right at the time of DVF-VTB fund launch) Putin appointed Leonid Melamed as Rusnano CEO. Melamed was temporarily placed on house arrest in an investigation into accusations of “wasting public money” in 2015.


In 2010, Russian Venture Corporation (RVC), a Russian government fund of funds and a development institute of the Russian Federation, joined the partnership.


In 2010, Draper and the CEO of DVF-VTB Capital Aurora Alexander “Sasha” Johnson visited Moscow where their group met with the Russian authorities, including the Ministers of Education & Science, Economic Development and the president of the state-funded innovation center Skolkovo, the Russian state-funded high tech developer, oligarch and Putin’s close ally, Victor Vekselberg, appointed by the President of Russian Federation at the time, Medvedev.


Left: Putin and Vekselberg. From Internet archives. Right: Vekselberg donated to Trump’s Inauguration. He and his associates US associates donated a combined $1.25M to Trump inaugural fund, data and photo from Polly Sigh on Twitter.

Victor Vekselberg, of Renova, is lately under the scrutiny for his involvement with the 2016 campaign and the Trump administration.




Draper has been attending conferences and forums in Russia on a regular basis from 2007 to 2017.

Announcements of Draper and DFJ — VTB CEO presenting in Russia with the Russian government officials.

In 2007, Draper wrote a song for the Russians attending the Russian Innovation Forum in California:

Hey! You want to start a business? 
Russia seems to show some promise 
While weighing all your choices 
“Go to Moscow!” you hear voices…

Alexandra Johnson, the head of DJT-VTB Aurora, has a longterm working relationship with the Russian government, Skolkovo and has been listed as a speaker at the RVC forum with Victor Vekselberg as recently as April 2018.

Left: Alexandra Johson’s LinkedIn screenshot taken on July 8, 2018. Right: List of speakers at Russian Venture forum includes the Aide to the President of the Russia Federation, Alexandra Johnson and Victor Vekselberg.


Left: a Russian website reprinting Marinelli’s interview with RT (formerly Russia Today) on voting for Trump. Right: Marinelli in YesCalifornia tshirt on the Red Square in front of the Kremlin. (Internet archives.)
  • “Marinelli attended a conference of Western secession movements in 2016, along with representatives from similar groups from Texas, Puerto Rico and Northern Ireland. The conference was organized by the Anti-Globalisation Movement, a group that has received money from the Russian government,” according to the BBC News.
  • Other Russian nationalistic and ultra-right sites support the effort.
Left: from Sean Hannity’s Twitter. Right: Zero Hedge article.


The campaign for California independence is not the only American secession movement with links to Russia, according to the BBC News.

A referendum, from Crimea to the UK to Catalonia, became one of the favorite tools of the Kremlin.

“Divide and Conquer” is at the core of the “doctrine” of Alexander Dugin, nicknamed “Putin’s brain.”

I have covered the principles and concrete examples of such campaigns in several articles on the ongoing hybrid war.

Posts by the Heart of Texas. From Internet archives.

Preston Wiginton, “American confederates-separatist” and supporter of Texas seceding attended the Russian Nationalists’ March in Moscow and has links to the Russian ultra-rights supported by the Kremlin and Alexander Dugin.

“It is especially important to introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements — extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the US. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics,” wrote Dugin.

From Youtube Video “Slavonic Tribute to US Secession Movement.”


The Russian secret service has a long history of funding terrorist and separatist groups and movements around the world through business companies and installing puppet regimes in other countries.

Recently, there were many examples of this strategy.


“Madrid believes Russian-based groups used online social media to heavily promote Catalonia’s independence referendum in an attempt to destabilize Spain.”


“With the planned referendum just days away, Russian state oil giant Rosneft announced its latest investment last week, to help Iraqi Kurdistan develop its natural gas industry, for domestic supplies and eventual export.”


The investigative report in The New York Times shows that while Aaron Banks, “British financier who bankrolled the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, was spending more than eight million British pounds to promote a break with the European Union — an outcome the Russians eagerly hoped for — his contacts at the Russian Embassy in London were opening the door to at least three potentially lucrative investment opportunities in Russian-owned gold or diamond mines.”

The Guardian outlines the meetings between Banks and the Russian officials here:

I was in London when Brexit happened and saw how stunned people were at the result of the referendum that no one took seriously. Here is my photo report from the March for Europe; pictures here speak better than words.


I also remember people dismissing Trump’s candidacy as a joke just the way they dismiss splitting California now. We have warned as early as February 2016 about Putin’s support for Trump:

…and as early as January 2015 about Putin’s plans:

Fortunately, it is 2018 and it is not just me anymore.

NATO officials believe that “Moscow is involved in a deliberately ambiguous strategy of information warfare and disinformation to try to divide the West and break its unity over economic sanctions imposed on Russia following its 2014 annexation of Crimea.”

“Russia is attempting to influence the midterm elections in the United States in November as well as divide the transatlantic alliance,”

US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned at a meeting co-hosted by the Atlantic Council in Normandy, France, on June 8.

“It is 2018, and we continue to see Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections,” he said. “These Russian actions are purposeful and premeditated and they represent an all-out assault, by Vladimir Putin, on the rule of law, Western ideals and democratic norms,” he said.

“[Putin’s] actions demonstrate that he seeks to sow divisions within and between those in the West who adhere to democratic norms,” he added.


This is a warning to my home state California:

Do not dismiss Cal3.

Get to the polls.

VOTE IT OUT on November 6th, 2018.

Follow the elections.

And last, but not the least, a good suggestion from our Californian newspaper Sacramento Bee:

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