Why Vladimir Putin Needs to Show Alaska Some Love

That's fine, but we're sure Putin knows who Alaska's most famous daughter is. Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a self-proclaimed "Mama Grizzly" and knows a thing or two about being Russia's next-door neighbor.

PHOTO: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, is seen in this April 5, 2013 file photo speaking at Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network Award Gala in Philadelphia, Penn.
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PHOTO: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, is seen in this April 5, 2013 file photo speaking at Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network Award Gala in Philadelphia, Penn.

Winter Wonderland

Alaska is not Siberia.

The state transforms into a winter wonderland each winter, complete with outdoor activities that include skiing, snowmobiling and mushing. In early March, the annual long-distance Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome is held.

PHOTO: Mitch Seavey arrives at the White Mountain, Alaska, checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 10, 2014.
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PHOTO: Mitch Seavey arrives at the White Mountain, Alaska, checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 10, 2014.

Arctic Warriors

Putin has "little green men" but Alaska has "Arctic Warriors."

The Russian leader confirmed today that the mysterious "little green men," the well-armed troops with no insignia operating in Crimea last month, were Russian troops operating in support of local self-defense forces.

Alaska's "Arctic Warriors" are U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Wainright. They even have a battle song.

"We conquer the mountains and the valleys! We train in the winter's bitter cold! Alaska Soldiers! Arctic Warriors! Sentries of the North! So pick up your weapons and your snowshoes! We're ready to fight and to defend! The finest Soldiers! Arctic Warriors! From the last Frontier!"

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