Siberia as the 58th State?

I don't watch tv, and nobody's vodkablogging Iowa, so I've been surfing.  And I came across this amazing story from that great newspaper, Pravda.  And it tells me that "the Siberians" want a referendum on independence from Russia.  Assuming they win, the leaders of this movement will attempt to follow Alaska and California into the warm (well, you know) embrace of the United States.

Maybe it's a spoof.  But it's much too good to check.  It would certainly help energy independence.  And there are probably some  good places for new ski resorts.  Not to mention lots of facilities for the American regime to park those guys they're going to arrest all over the place, wouldn't you say, comrades?