Did Putin Just Void 1867 Sale Of Alaska To The US?!

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Did Vladimir Putin just sign a decree voiding the 1867 sale of Alaska to the US, and declaring it occupied territory?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Putin Just Voided 1867 Sale Of Alaska To The US!

People are claiming or suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin just signed a decree voiding the 1867 sale of Alaska to the US, and declaring it occupied territory!

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Did Putin Just Void 1867 Sale Of Alaska To The US?!

 

Truth : Putin Did Not Void 1867 Sale Of Alaska To The US!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on X (formerly Twitter) and some websites, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Vladimir Putin Did Not Void 1867 Sale Of Alaska To The US

First, let me start by pointing out that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not void the 1867 sale of Alaska to the US. Neither did he decree that the sale of Alaska to the US was “illegal”, or declare Alaska to be “occupied” territory.

Fact #2 : No Media Reported The Claim

If Vladimir Putin actually signed a decree voiding the sale of Alaska to the US, it would have been reported by legitimate media outlets all over the world.

In fact, such a decree could be considered casus belli – a declaration of war against the United States. At least, it would have been a diplomatic faux pas that would have drawn strong condemnation from the United States.

Fact #3 : Putin Decree Was Not About Alaska

The Putin decree that is being shared online is genuine. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed it on 18 January 2024. However, that decree does not declare the sale of Alaska to the US as illegal, or declaring it as “occupied” territory.

In fact, the 18 January 2024 Putin decree does not even mention Alaska. Neither does it declare any territory formerly owned by Russia as “occupied” or “illegal”. Here is the text of the decree, machine translated into English:

ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

In accordance with subparagraph 1 of paragraph 2 of Article 78 of the Budget Code of the Russian Federation, designate the federal state unitary enterprise “Department of Foreign Property” of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, as the recipient of a subsidy provided from the federal budget for financial support of costs associated with the search for real estate of the Russian Federation, the former Russian Empire, the former USSR, the proper registration of the rights of the Russian Federation in relation to existing federal real estate property and found real estate of the Russian Federation, the former Russian Empire, the former USSR and legal protection of this property.

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Fact #4 : Putin Decree Referred To Russian Gov Property Overseas

The 18 January 2024 decree signed by Putin actually refers to the funding of the Department of Foreign Property of the Administrative Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation.

The purpose was not to void past sale of territory formerly owned by Russia, or the Soviet Union. Rather, it was to fund the search for Russian property overseas, and ensuring their legal protection. As Russian state media, TASS, reported on 19 January 2024:

Russia to allocate funds for search of Soviet, Imperial Russian property abroad

Russia will allocate funds for an effort to find, register and ensure legal protection of Russia’s property abroad, including property of the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire.

A relevant decree, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, will allocate funds for the purpose to the Department of Foreign Property of the Administrative Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation.

The funds will be allocated to cover expenses related to “the process of searching the real estate property owned by the Russian Federation, the former Russian Empire, the former USSR,” as well as for “due registration of [property] rights” and “legal protection of this property.”

Another decree allocates funds to cover the department’s expenses for maintaining and using Russia’s federal property abroad.

To be clear – the decree signed by Putin did not declare the 1867 sale of Alaska to the US as “illegal”, or declare it “occupied” territory.

This is the decree in Russian, which you can translate yourself

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