On Sunday, a Russian lawmaker demanded that the U.S. return Alaska along with an historic Russian settlement in California as part of reparations to help pay for the economic damage that American sanctions are having on Russia’s economy in the wake of its Ukraine invasion.

The stipulations come from a man named Oleg Matveychev, a member of the Duma, or lower house of the Russian federal government. He is well known as a political consultant and spin doctor for the Kremlin, and is currently a professor at the state-run Financial University in Moscow. He also happens to be one of Russia’s most popular bloggers.

Speaking on Russian state-run television, Matveychev listed a long string of reparations, according to the Express newspaper in the United Kingdom.

Included in the Matveychev’s demands is a return of Alaska, which the U.S. bought from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.
Fox News picked up the story on March 15.

The purchase of Alaska was coined “Seward’s Folly,” after U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with Russia for the bargain purchase of two cents an acre.

Many saw the Alaska purchase as pointless, but Seward was keen to acquire the massive territory, about one-fifth the size of the rest of the United States.

In the decades following the purchase, Seward’s instincts proved profitable for the U.S. with the discovery of gold, timber, other natural resources and eventually oil.

In addition to demanding that America return Alaska, Matveychev said he also wants the historic Russian settlement of Fort Ross, in northern California, back in Russian hands.

“We should be thinking about reparations from the damage that was caused by the sanctions and the war itself, because that too costs money and we should get it back,” Matveychev stated during his March 13 interview on state television.

Matveychev’s demands include the Antarctic as well, which he claims Russia discovered and therefore owns.
The U.S. doesn’t appear to be taking the Russian politician’s demands very seriously. On Monday a new round of sanctions on Russian officials was announced.

Russian lawmaker demands return of Alaska, part of California

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael Totten says:

    This dude is smoking some really good dope if he EVER thinks we’re giving up alaska.

    • Sharon Alice Turner says:

      First Russia can repay billions of Alaska fish poached, *euphemism for stolen), and repay WWII Lend Lease, which allowed them to NOT be ‘Germany!, and Wheat and other foodstuff we sent when the USSR* as all Commie nations end up “Hungry”, and know this the Russians already got their firs, fish, whale oils.. on and on when they occupies parts of Alaska,

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Well, we could drill oil and build roads again. The glass is always half full.

  • Greg says:

    Umm….this was about as pointless as Lindsay Graham’s ignorant comment urging someone to assassinate Putin. Notice that it is the pompous politicians doing the tongue wagging. I’ve got a better idea. Let’s take the politicians of Russia and the U.S. and ship them all to a deserted island somewhere.

  • Steve says:

    I expect Lisa will vote to turn us over to Russia. She just cast a NO vote on Rand Pauls amendment to vacate Fauci’s position. She is whore to the deep state.

  • What Is to Be Done? says:

    This genius either wandered into large field of magic mushrooms or came upon Timothy Leary’s long lost pill box and made a feast of “dreams.” I’m quite sure that he not only demanded Alaska and Fort Ross be given back to Grandma Russia, but that the rest of world submit to Russian rule, i.e., to Vladimir Putin–Vladimir of the “Dolitsky fables” (yes, of the same, famed Alexander Dolitsky). However, if Oleg Matveychev only demanded Alaska and Fort Ross, Vladimir should slap him around him for being short sighted! What do you think atomic bombs are made for if not to use?

    Ah, yes! It was Alexander Dolitsky who warned us not to tease the “bear.” Now look what has happened!

  • Paul Schwartz says:

    Reading behind the lines is a message that the sanctions are really hurting Russia.

  • S says:

    Solzhenitsyn. Check out what he had to say about behavior like Putins.
    Read about the Russian Revolution people.
    History is repeating itself.

  • Andrew says:

    Alaska Natives never pursued reparations from Russia after being enslaved by them, specifically Aleuts from the Aleutian chain who were raped, murdered, had their population and culture decimated and were enslaved to hunt Sea Otter and Fur Seals. Go suck an egg Oleg!

  • James says:

    They can have all of California. Alaska is a hard no.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Bring it on Alaska Strong

  • Linda says:

    Those Russians have quite a sense of humor! No brains..but a sense of humor!!

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Am I the only one that worries about a nuclear strike in Alaska.
    If a nation from the Sino-Axis were to launch a nuclear strike – wouldn’t Alaska be near the top of the list?
    With US military assets, in Alaska, being closest to Russia, China, and North Korea – we HAVE to be a primary target.
    If Russia did attack with ground forces – how much resistance would we provide.
    Watching the Mass Compliance with the fake Mask Mandates – I wonder about the majority of Alaska men – which I didn’t in the past until the recent Sheeple exposure…

    • Goodbye Cruel World says:

      Look, if you’re “done with it” what difference does it make what you do with your life? If need be, amend your ways. If so inclined, thumb your way through Dante’s “Inferno,” and think about those ditches in hell. But, if you’re a consummate gambler, you might give us advice on how to game the “cosmic system.” Come what may, we’re here until we ain’t!

      • You're another brick in the wall! says:

        Edited: Look, if you’re “done with it” what difference does it make to you what happens with your life?

  • david Boyle says:

    Breaking news! President Biden just announced the Sale of Alaska to Russia aka Putin. Now Biden is begging Putin to drill for oil in AK so he can help the US lower gasoline prices.

  • Bruce R Berryhill says:

    Russians teach their school children that Russia only leased Alaska to the USA for 200 years. We have travelled the world. We have met 3 different Russians in 3 different countries who have told us that. For them, the lease is up in 2067.

  • Natural Alaskan says:

    The US paid cash for Alaska, so no, you cannot have it back, or maybe. We paid cash for the Panama Canal Zone, and gave it back. Now China controls it.

  • Jen says:

    Seeing what Russia is doing to Ukraine this demand should be taken as a serious threat. As long as america imports its energy consumption and stopped its natural resource production, we will grow so weak america may struggle fighting off Russia some year, while alaskans see something totally unbelievable that we never thought can happen!

  • AK Pilot says:

    Yeah…we’ll get right on that. On the other hand, maybe we’ll actually be able to produce oil under Russian rule!