California Secession Effort Ends, for Now, as Its Leader Moves to Russia

Governing: The man behind a campaign to have California secede from the nation asked the state Monday to withdraw the ballot measure from signature-gathering after he decided to seek permanent residency in Russia.

Louis Marinelli of the group Yes California has faced mounting criticism from backers of other secession efforts in the state, saying his involvement in Russia, where he previously said he was living temporarily while working as a teacher, has been a distraction. Those CalExit supporters questioned Marinelli's motives and said they want nothing to do with a country accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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