Russians urge governor to save Fort Ross
"This place is wonderful proof that the U.S. and Russia have had a very rich, largely positive shared history."
- Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.
The Russians came back to Fort Ross on Thursday nearly two centuries after founding the coastal California settlement, but instead of spearing otters, they want to preserve a legacy.
Stunned upon learning that California might close Fort Ross, the Russian government dispatched its ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to save the picturesque wooden outpost from the state's budget guillotine.