Could Vladimir Putin And Russia Reclaim Alaska From The US?

The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 and later made the territory the 49th state. A new report from a Russian lawmaker suggests Russia could “reclaim” the territory. What Happened: A check for $7.2 million and a Treaty of Cession sealed a deal between Russia and the U.S.  in 1867 for the territory of Alaska. Vyacheslav Volodin, a Russian official and close ally of President Vladimir Putin,  suggested recently that Russia could retaliate against sanctions by re-claiming Alaska, according to Business Insider. “Let America always remember: there is a part of its territory that is Russia — Alaska,” Volodin said. “When they attempt to appropriate our assets abroad, they should be aware that we also have something to claim back.” Alaska was bought by the U.S. and celebrates Alaska Day every year on Oct. 18, the day the territory was transferred from Russia. Alaska became the 49th state in the U.S. in 1959 ... Full story available on