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Venezuela: a difficult new choice

Venezuela: a difficult new choice

On the night of 5 on 6, March, after a long illness, Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, died. The military command of the country declared its loyalty to the vice-president N. Maduro and to the parliament. People called to remain calm.

Over the next few days, two presidential candidates were identified in Venezuela. The date of the election was also appointed: 14 April.

Nicolas Maduro, who, in anticipation of a quick death, appointed Comrade Chavez as his successor, will speak out against Enrique Capriles Radonsky, a representative of numerous opposition groups.

50-year-old Maduro is a former bus driver, a member of the Caracas public transport union and a strong supporter of Chávez, the “mouthpiece” of his ideas. Six years, Reuters agency reminds, he worked hard as minister of foreign affairs. Since October last year, Comrade Maduro - Vice President. “Look where our Nicholas is heading, because he once worked as a simple bus driver, how the bourgeoisie mocked him,” Hugo said about him.

Nicolas Maduro is very popular among many poor supporters of Chavez.

Enrique Capriles Radonsky is a relatively young candidate. He is forty years old. He is a law school graduate and governor of Miranda, the second largest state in Venezuela. Capriles became the youngest legislator in Venezuela (at the age of twenty-six), then managed to win the election of the mayor of the municipality of Caracas. In 2008, he became governor of Miranda.

At last year’s presidential election, Capriles acted as a candidate for the coalition of Democratic Unity, which consisted of more than two dozen parties and organizations. All these organizations and parties are the Venezuelan opposition. He lost by typing 44% votes.

The energetic governor is known among other things for his trips to the Venezuelan slums - on a motorcycle. During the election campaign, he visited hundreds of cities and villages, trying to create an image of a person concerned about the problems of ordinary citizens. Argued that Capriles purposely created the image of "under Chavez." During his campaigns, he even sent kisses and shook his fist in the "Chavez" style. According to Capriles himself, if he were the leader of Venezuela, he would have copied the Brazilian economic model of the “modern left wing”.

It is difficult to say who will win the election. Many analysts are inclined to think that Maduro will become president. This man promises to continue the social programs that Chavez has implemented (he implemented 27). During the years of Comrade Chavez’s rule, the unemployment rate in the country fell from 14,5% to 8,0%, and the proportion of the poorest population fell from 47,0% to 27,2%. Therefore, Maduro, as a continuer of the Chavez case, has a high chance of winning.

During the mourning days, Mr. Capriles behaved very restrained - unlike the top of the United States, who did not express condolences to the relatives and friends of Chavez and Venezuela. If “Furious” at one time spoke about Capriles rather expressively, if not to say harshly (even called his opponent unkindly “pig”), then the opponent of Chavez on these sad days I did not recall past disagreements: “President Hugo Chávez and I were opponents, but we were never enemies. I would like to express now respect for him and solidarity with all Venezuelans without exception. We understand the pain of the family of the late President and people throughout the country and express our condolences to them. We had differences, everyone knows about it, but now is not the time to talk about what separates us. ”

Smart move. Now is not the time. The time will come after April 14, more precisely, after the inauguration.

None of the analysts have any confidence that Maduro will follow the line of Chavez, and not his own. Many consider him a much more left-wing politician than the “Comandante”. Opposition members of the right flank generally call him “red”, “Bolshevik” and so on.

In addition, N. Maduro is clearly committed to conspiracy theories. In the last days of Chavez’s life, the vice-president spoke on government television to “expose” Enrique Capriles. The latter, as journalist William Neumann told the world "New York Times", leaned on Manhattan to his relatives.

“We have to watch him closely,” said the vice president. "I have all the data about exactly where he is in Manhattan, in New York ...", - Maduro said on TV. He said that Mr. Capriles owned an apartment on the East Side, on Eighty-fifth Street. There he stopped.

In response, Capriles said that every time he leaves Venezuela, the government tries to accuse him of conspiracy. The politician added that in New York he visited his sister and her family, who live on the East Side - on the same street that Comrade Maduro had called. Capriles also explained that he did not hold political meetings during the trip.

In the opinion of Comrade Maduro, Mr. Capriles was supposed to meet with Robert C. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Affairs of the Western Hemisphere. However, Ms. Jacobson herself denied everything.

Maduro is also suspicious of the activities of the US military attaches. Recently, the country expelled two military attaches of the US embassy with the wording: "For participating in actions to destabilize the situation." Speech is coming about the staff of the American Embassy in Caracas David Del Monaco and Deblin Cosale.

According to Maduro, Del Monaco "has been engaged in contacting Venezuelan soldiers for several weeks in order to propose a plan to destabilize the country." At the same time, the vice-president warned: "We are following the trail of other elements."

Such suspicion probably has grounds, since the political relations between Venezuela and the United States, unlike the more or less strong economic ones (the United States buys 15% of oil in Venezuela), are clearly limping. However, Barack Obama, who did not express condolences over the death of “Furious”, but limited instead to regular statements about the coming democracy in Caracas, and the congressmen, who screamed joyfully: “Good riddance!”, Behaved defiantly. Wish they have a good relationship, they could behave more kindly and restrained. In the end, they consider themselves to be fighters for human rights, for humanism and world peace. Obama even won the Nobel Prize in 2009 year in this direction. So why not learn to behave peacefully and decently?

For Russia, it is very important that the policy of Chavez be continued. Therefore, it is important that Comrade Maduro take the presidency: after all, it was him who “appointed” Chavez.

After the death of Comandante, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the UN call the premature demise of the tragedy commander for the whole world: “I believe that Hugo Chavez was the greatest political figure for his country, Latin America as a whole and for the whole world. And, of course, he played a very important role in the development of relations between Venezuela and Russia. Therefore, we especially grieve. ”

The wise comrade Churkin did not say in vain about the particular grief of the Russians. Later Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “We will respect the choice of the Venezuelan people, and we hope that it will be supported by all those who are building relations with Venezuela, and that there will be no attempts to influence this choice.” Comrade Lavrov also said: "According to our estimates (and this is confirmed by the blitz polls already conducted in Venezuela), the majority of the population - more than 60 with more than one percent - speaks in favor of continuing the policy launched by Hugo Chavez.

Capriles may refuse to supply contracts with Russia weapons. Rumor has it that he intends to buy a tractor instead of weapons.

According to the forecast of TSAMTO, in 2012-2015 years, Venezuela in the structure of Russian arms exports will come in second place after India with purchases of 3,2 billion dollars. how transmits Prime agency, the change of government in Venezuela can go according to a dramatic scenario and complicate the position of Russian companies operating there. So say experts interviewed by the agency.

“In authoritarian countries that have lost a leader, events usually develop depending on the presence of opposition. If it is not, as in Libya, the country is plunged into chaos. There is opposition in Venezuela, and it is quite competitive, as we saw after the October presidential election, ”said Konstantin Simonov, head of the National Energy Security Foundation. In his opinion, a military coup is not likely to occur, but the opposition can come to power.

Vladimir Sudarev, deputy director of the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, states: “Maduro is even more left-winged than Chavez, preaching“ socialism of the 21st century ”. If he comes to power, then no special movements should be expected. But both the opposition and those supporting Chávez are aggressive towards each other, a compromise is unlikely. ”

A fight between supporters of the anti-American position of Chávez and his opponents is very likely, the director-general of the National Energy Institute Sergey Justice is sure. "Our companies will have to feel all the vicissitudes of this struggle, the most terrible option of which could be a civil war," he said.

In addition, for good reason, Russia at the funeral of the Venezuelan president was represented by the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, and the general director of Russian Technologies, Sergey Chemezov.

Russia has something to lose in Venezuela, write Pavel Tarasenko and Ivan Safronov (Kommersant). The projects, which Moscow reached an agreement with Hugo, are estimated by experts in aggregate at least at $ 30 billion. But all of them were concluded with the personal participation of Chávez. Now this guarantor is not.

At the same time, analysts note that Capriles has, according to recent polls, a rating lower than that of Maduro, by 14 percentage points (36% versus 50%; interview sociological center "Hinterlaces"), and to play this big gap in the remaining time is difficult.

The Kremlin hopes for a stable relationship with Caracas, but the deputy head of the Russian-Venezuelan business council, Vladimir Semago, seems to doubt this. “After Chávez’s departure, the whole camouflage of the so-called friendship with Venezuela will go away,” he told Kommersant. “We didn’t have any real cooperation, but there were only attempts to convince the Russians that Moscow imperially entered the countries of Latin America, as it did in Africa during the Soviet era.” According to him, the creation of the Russian National Oil Consortium for the development of the Orinoco belt together with the Venezuelan PDVSA is a “big myth.” “The consortium still does not produce anything and does not produce anything. And on the Russian side, only two companies really remained - LUKoil and Rosneft.

And what about contracts for the supply of weapons and military equipment? During Hugo Chavez’s visit to Moscow in 2004, the first two major contracts were signed - for the supply of X-NUMX combat helicopters Mi-40, their service and personnel training (35 million dollars) and the purchase of 500 thousand AK-100 assault rifles (103 million . $). “The work was hard, but as soon as Chavez joined the talks, mutual understanding almost immediately arose,” a source close to Rosoboronexport told Kommersant. “And he took the most direct part in all subsequent arms deals.”

In 2011, again, Chavez himself managed to sign an agreement on the allocation of a loan of $ 4 billion by Russia for the purchase of Russian arms by Venezuela, which Moscow provided to Caracas to strengthen friendship. Again, Chavez acted as a guarantor.

Earlier, Director of the Center for Analysis of the World Arms Trade (TSAMTO) Igor Korotchenko expressed the opinion that Russia can forget not only about the planned contracts: “Moscow has already supplied Caracas with arms worth more than $ 3 billion. it Tanks T-72B1, BMP-3M, BTR-80A, Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, Su-30 fighters, Pechora-2M air defense systems. Now we may not see money for these deliveries. ”

And the expert of the Center for political conjuncture Dmitry Abzalov says the following: “The election of Maduro, who promised to keep the course of Chávez, remains ideal for Moscow. If Capriles comes to power, then the minimum program will be to preserve the agreements reached. In any case, these transactions will not be so easy to cancel, since they were not only signed by Chavez, but also approved by Parliament. In addition, Caracas is waiting for a budget deficit this year, so the authorities are unlikely to decide to cancel the previous contracts and urgently look for new partners for them. ”

Thus, to panic and build pessimistic scenarios about all Russian projects in Venezuela, probably not worth it. Maduro’s popularity is much higher than that of Capriles, and the supporter and conductor of Chavez’s ideas, elected by Chávez himself, is unlikely to curtail his programs and turn away from cooperation with Russia (especially when cooling political relations with the United States). Therefore, the most balanced is the assessment of the situation after the change of power in Venezuela, "Voice of Russia" expert in Latin America, former deputy editor-in-chief of Latin America magazine Mikhail Belyat.

According to him, if events go in line with the constitution, there will be no big changes. Russian oil contracts in Venezuela will remain intact - simply because they are mutually beneficial and designed to develop the Venezuelan economy. True, with the procurement of weapons the situation is more complicated. If the opposition comes to power, Venezuela is unlikely to buy weapons "with such intensity and on such a scale as the government of Hugo Chávez did."

Therefore, as notices Comrade Prokhanov, "Russia vigilantly and painfully follows the processes in Venezuela."

We are not afraid to make several predictions: in the event of a victory in the election of Comrade Maduro, the Russian contracts will be strictly implemented; oil cooperation will continue; Venezuela will buy not a tractor, but tanks and weapons, for the White House doesn’t expect good, and the wary Maduro understands this more acutely than others. The Bolivarian Revolution demands protection!

Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. radio operator
    radio operator 12 March 2013 09: 30
    It is beneficial for us, of course, that the course does not change.
    Too many contracts are tied to Venezuela, plus its anti-American rhetoric inspires respect.
  2. Sakhalininsk
    Sakhalininsk 12 March 2013 09: 33
    Let's hope that with the death of Chavez, the Venezuelan course will remain the same and we will eventually be able to gain a foothold in the US oil underbelly.
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak 12 March 2013 09: 44
      Quote: ..
      The representative of numerous opposition ranks is Enrique Capriles Radonsky.

      Venezuelan Jewish politician Enrique Capriles Radonsky has good chances ..... His maternal grandparents fled to Venezuela from Nazi-occupied Europe.
      1. Basilevs
        Basilevs 12 March 2013 11: 33
        Another person of legal nationality ...
      2. Kaa
        Kaa 12 March 2013 14: 44
        Quote: Vadivak
        Venezuelan Jewish politician Enrique Capriles Radonsky has a good chance.

        Quote: polly
        Behind Capriles is Wall Street and Washington, with their subversive activities against one of Latin America's most progressive states and its Bolivarian ideals.

        Quote: djon3volta
        Yes, almost Bulk Venezuelan spill.

        And whoever doubts in our country that relations with Venezuela will develop normally, which is in the article ... bah ... a familiar face!
        "Semago Vladimir Vladimirovich. Born on January 10, 1947 in Harbin (China *), Russian. Father Vladimir Leonidovich Semago is a professional military man, died in November 1996, mother Elena Borisovna Semago is a teacher, she died in 1989. According to the newspaper" Tribuna " (August 4, 1998) Semago was born in America, received an American metric, and therefore has the right to American citizenship. Semago's wife explained that Semago became a citizen of the USSR only three months later on a false certificate, and his birthday was chosen father - April 27. In addition, Semago once said that by nationality he is a Pecheneg (maybe he was confused, Khazarin?) In 1977 he went to work in the State Committee for Tourism in the Capital Construction Department, where he participated in the construction of hotels with the participation of foreign companies. "Cosmos", "Pribaltiyskaya", "Dagomys", "Yalta". State Duma deputy Vladimir Semago is a favorite of parliamentary reporters: not stupid, not beech, has a perfectly hanging tongue to, he speaks excellent English ... In the annals of Russian history, he will probably enter as a "rare bird": a communist and at the same time a casino owner, who flaunted in the assembly of legislators in a new Russian red jacket. Semago assured that he would go through the "oligarchs" with a hat - his "friends", as he claimed - and would demand from them 6 - 8
        million dollars to create a "new left" seal. In short, according to his plans, the movement was destined to become neither more nor less than
        the collective owner of factories, newspapers, ships ... Alas, these bright plans were not destined to come true. Semago invested only one thousand and a half "greens" in party building, and then announced to his comrades-in-arms that he was not capable of more, because he himself was in debt as in silk: supposedly all kinds of creditors demand from him in total
        300 thousand bucks. The promised "oligarchs" also played scared. Finally disillusioned with the possibilities of the eminent deputy, the "new leftists" scolded him for "Khlestakovism" and did not elect him as a leader. Http://, June 24, 2011.
        Something suspiciously familiar combination: come from the nomenclature, "new left", originally from the United States, have the scenarios ended? HOW DO SUCH PEOPLE STAND INTO THE FOREIGN POLITICAL BLOC ?!
      3. Ascetic
        Ascetic 13 March 2013 00: 49
        Quote: Vadivak
        Venezuelan Jewish politician Enrique Capriles Radonsky has good chances ..... His maternal grandparents fled to Venezuela from Nazi-occupied Europe.

        That's what Chavez himself said about him. Here is his speech of February 16, 2012, denouncing the "mediocrity" of Kapriles Radonsky:
        “This ordinary person has consultants who told him to avoid a confrontation with me ... But the confrontation here is not between mediocrity and Chavez, but between the bourgeoisie and the people. Between the Empire and the Homeland ... Nonpatriots will run after mediocrity. He is a candidate for imperialism. ... A candidate for the bourgeoisie, big banks, big business, big capital. And so, mediocrity declares that it is progressive. Imagine - a progressively minded bourgeois! You are trying to disguise yourself, mediocrity! But you will not succeed. You are a candidate from the Yankees, a candidate from imperialism, a candidate from bourgeois putsch, a candidate from the past. "
  3. polly
    polly 12 March 2013 10: 05
    The German edition of Hintergrund has published an article entitled “Who is Capriles Radonsky?” About the elections in Venezuela. Typically, the German media do not favor Hugo Chavez, and his opponent Capriles Radonsky is touted. This article stands out from the general series by the fact that in it the rival of Hugo Chavez is viewed objectively and without embellishment, as a US protege.
    “After graduating from the Catholic University of Caracas and Columbia University in New York, he founded in 2000 with funding and strategic assistance from the North American Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) his party “Primero Justicia” (“Justice First”) was co-founded by Capriles' political double, Leopoldo Lopez, his man at the US Embassy, ​​who, due to the sensational scale of corruption, is prohibited from holding any political office until 2014. Mark Feerstein, head the South American branch of the famous un- (but still “yes”) government organization USAID provided assistance to Capriles in the amount of $ 5 million in the election year. And a year earlier, the United States only officially invested another 20 million in the campaign against Chavez; much larger amounts.
    The candidate became famous for the first time in 2002, when, as the burgomaster of Baruta, the village of the rich in the urban area of ​​Caracas (now he is the governor of Miranda), he took part in a coup supported by the CIA against Chavez. With a horde of Cuban émigré terrorists and the police of his village, he burst into the Cuban embassy, ​​wreaking havoc along the way, the pogrom continued until the Cuban ambassador expelled him. Documents published by WikiLeaks reveal his many years of cooperation with the US Embassy, ​​not only when nominating himself for the presidency, but also in other activities that censors from Washington have diligently concealed. Among other things, Capriles Radonsky and Leopoldo Lopez especially distinguished themselves during the coup, having kidnapped the Minister of the Interior and Justice Ramon Rodriguez Hasin and plundered his house.
    It goes without saying that Capriles Radonsky rejects any cooperation that would weaken US influence and strengthen Latin American integration (Mercosur, Unasur, ALBA, CELAC - Common Market for South American Countries, Union of South American Nations, Bolivarian Alliance of American Peoples, Community of Latin American and Caribbean - approx. Per.), So, being in the position of burgomaster, he expelled the doctors working under the Cuban humanitarian aid program from his "diocese". He himself relies on Súmate, an American-sponsored and NED-funded voter mobilization organization (Become A Row!), Which contributed to the high turnout of voters (81%). She raised the hesitant voters to their feet and brought them their votes, while Chavez’s social success base lay in the layers of the less privileged majority.
    Behind Capriles are Wall Street and Washington, with their subversive activities against one of the most progressive states in Latin America and its Bolivarian ideals. "
    Kapriles is a super-rich candidate: his family has a business in industry, the media, real estate, owns a network of cinemas Unidos, Sineks, etc.
    1. polly
      polly 12 March 2013 10: 14
      But what he said in his speech on February 16, 2012. about him Hugo Chavez: "" This ordinary person has consultants who told him to avoid confrontation with me ... But the confrontation here is not between mediocrity and Chavez, but between the bourgeoisie and the people. Between the Empire and the Motherland ... Non-patriots will run after mediocrity. He is a candidate for imperialism. ... A candidate for the bourgeoisie, big banks, big business, big capital. And so, mediocrity declares that it is progressive. Imagine a progressive bourgeois! You are trying to disguise, mediocrity! But you will not succeed. You are a candidate. from the Yankees, a candidate from imperialism, a candidate from bourgeois putsches, a candidate from the past. "
    2. lars
      lars 12 March 2013 10: 26
      Quote: polly
      the Cuban ambassador did not expel him home

      cool coup ...
      1. cdrt
        cdrt 12 March 2013 19: 11
        Well, in many ways, the entire Latin American policy is still described by O'Henry "Kings and Cabbage" wink
    3. djon3volta
      djon3volta 12 March 2013 11: 11
      Quote: polly
      Columbia University of New York, he, with funding and strategic assistance from the North American Endowmentfor Democracy (NED) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), founded his Primero Justicia party in 2000

      Yes, almost Bulk Venezuelan spill.
      here are some commentators who like to lead logical chains, and they say, they say - the Kremlin created the Russian opposition to make it seem like a fight .. well, you understand me.
      according to the logic of these commentators (hamsters), it turns out Hugo Chavez for the sake of appearance created this Capriles for the appearance of a struggle? such as the Capriles Chavez puppet? well, according to the logic of the hamsters, it should be like that!
      êàî me useless obrabatyvat.rossiyskaya opposition was not created by the Kremlin and America gathered several let.mozhet Kasparov who suggest to bomb Russia too Putin puppet? Nuka hamsters and tell me about Capriles?
    4. valokordin
      valokordin 12 March 2013 11: 21
      Quote: polly
      Kapriles is a super-rich candidate: his family has a business in industry, the media, real estate, owns a network of cinemas Unidos, Sineks, etc.

      Capriles must die of cancer, he deserves it for medical reasons.
      1. cdrt
        cdrt 12 March 2013 19: 10
        Do not wish the other that you do not wish yourself.
        It has long been said.
        Cancer itself is not afraid to receive for such wishes? The earth is round
  4. zambo
    zambo 12 March 2013 10: 24
    Yes, at the wrong time Chavez left, at the wrong time ... The Middle East is in a fever, whether Assad will be able to withstand it is still unknown, now if the Yankees "climb" into Venezuela (and this will happen if Capriles is elected president), then the financial and geopolitical positions Russia in South America will be greatly shaken. Let's hope Maduro will survive.
  5. The gentleman
    The gentleman 12 March 2013 10: 33
    we will wait in April comrades, I hope intelligence helps and works in the right direction ...
    1. 755962
      755962 12 March 2013 14: 21
      Only shhhh .... bully not a word to anyone ... feel
  6. Rashid
    Rashid 12 March 2013 10: 39
    Our liberal media are vying with each other to broadcast that the "dictator" (only not called a tyrant) Chavez (peace be upon him) has brought the country to the handle, the budget deficit has grown, crime is off the charts, etc. etc. Where they get this information from, I don’t know, probably from the ceiling.
    1. djon3volta
      djon3volta 12 March 2013 11: 19
      Quote: Rashid
      Where do they get this information

      and that we have few media outlets that write only negative things about Russia? And hamsters are happy with such news, they copy, quote, relish them.
      the positive news is SPECIALLY disguised, it doesn’t show much. watch the news on euronews about Venezuela, if they interview someone, then they are definitely against Chavez. They probably did some interviews, but they show opposition figures for the zombies, like we are against Chavez, Chavez is a dictator etc.
  7. Sonik
    Sonik 12 March 2013 10: 46
    Journalist Kochneva escaped from the hands of rebels in Syria


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  8. Russian
    Russian 12 March 2013 10: 53
    Mdaa, it remains only to wish good luck to Nicholas, and to keep an eye on it, you never know what the Americans will come up with!
  9. AnpeL
    AnpeL 12 March 2013 11: 01
    Long live Comandante Maduro !!!
    1. valokordin
      valokordin 12 March 2013 11: 22
      Quote: AnpeL
      Long live Comandante Maduro !!!

      and his armed forces. It is a pity that Russia does not have its own UGO.
      1. atalef
        atalef 12 March 2013 12: 13
        Quote: valokordin
        Quote: AnpeL
        Long live Comandante Maduro !!!
        and its armed forces

        Venezuelan Armed Forces
        They are not his personal

      2. Oleleg
        Oleleg 12 March 2013 14: 38
        .. and not needed !!!!
        1. cdrt
          cdrt 12 March 2013 19: 15
          Chavez’s coolest reform - he made the time zone of Venezuela half an hour different from the eastern United States wink
          My friend lived in Venezuela for 5 years - swearing terribly, it was inconvenient, for a long time these +30 minutes did not appear in any normal program laughing
  10. wolf1945
    wolf1945 12 March 2013 11: 09
    Russia needs to support Maduro !!! soldier
    1. polly
      polly 12 March 2013 13: 02
      Therefore, as Comrade Prokhanov notes, “Russia is vigilantly and painfully following the processes in Venezuela.” Quote.
      Somehow the word “painful” doesn't inspire. It is necessary to somehow "usefully" follow, well, and, of course, not to inherit ... winked
    2. cdrt
      cdrt 12 March 2013 19: 17
      "Samosa is of course su..n son, but he is our su..n son" (c) Truman
      Only without emotion - he buys our weapons - well done, Rosneft, Gazprom gives to earn - a friend. Realpolitik
  11. 12 March 2013 13: 08
    And who is Maduro? There were few traitors - associates in our history?
    After the death of Stalin, ALL of him poured mud on him and continue to do so until now. The closest circle, comrades in the party and the revolutionary struggle - ALL betrayed for the guarantee of immunity and well-fed old age. It seems to me that in Venezuela we need to put an end to it. Yankee pigs ... dodge, but such a chance to take control of the country with its bowels will not be missed. And again we are with loans in the ass.
  12. usatyi
    usatyi 12 March 2013 13: 34
    And one more little touch on Caprielis - he is gay ..... The press doesn’t give it too much, but he doesn’t hide it .... The election race begins, campaigns went on TV, but in conversations "on the street" - Maduro is ahead. And to those interested in Maduro to win, add Iran and China. (the Chinese are strong here - there are many of them)
  13. knn54
    knn54 12 March 2013 14: 45
    Nicolas Maduro, who, foreseeing a quick death, was appointed successor comrade Chavez ..
    There was no receiver for either Peter1 or Stalin ... (did not have time) -we see what came of it.
    Let us hope that Maduro will live up to the hopes of the Venezuelan people and their friends.
  14. Galinanp
    Galinanp 12 March 2013 15: 12
    Yes, right now, Russia needs to concentrate all available funds in this area on Maduro’s support. And the fact that the army is on his side is encouraging.
  15. Apollo
    Apollo 12 March 2013 16: 35
    My opinion. Nicolas Maduro will win the election
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 12 March 2013 16: 37
      The balance of power in the elections
  16. Internal combustion engine
    Internal combustion engine 12 March 2013 16: 58
    Nicolas Maduro gives the impression of an ambitious and determined person. It will be difficult for the Americans to take such power away. Moreover, he, having entered the operational space, will break the ridge in Venezuela.
  17. elenagromova
    elenagromova 12 March 2013 17: 42
    It is very painful that Venezuela has to change the President when the previous one left at such a young age .... even before 60 did not live - is this the age for a politician? Still, there was hope that he will live 5 for years, in spite of the State Department ....
    As for Capriles, he reminds Kostunica. He also did not position himself as a NATO lackey, but claimed that he was a patriot, knowing that if he had openly declared himself a supporter of NATO, no one would have followed him at all. Only now Kostunica was silent about the fact that he receives money for the election campaign from Djindjic, who is closely connected with the West.
    Well, and Capriles - sees that the left idea in Venezuela is popular - here he declares himself left. The right idea would be popular - would declare itself right.
  18. Apollo
    Apollo 12 March 2013 18: 32
    Russian projects in Venezuela
  19. Very smart
    Very smart 12 March 2013 21: 42
    I read the article, the author - respect.
    I really want N. Maduro to win the elections - it will be calmer. It is not clear why the delegation at the funeral of Hugo was led by Sechin, and the left incomprehensible people with him. Why did they go there? If the interests in Venezuela are as great as they are shouting about, then Putin should have gone, or in extreme cases, Medvedev. And the head of Rosneft is not a person at such an event. They sent God knows who, and then we'll bite our elbows. In authoritarian countries, the main thing is to show respect. Dad went personally, and he counts every penny. And here a whole collective farm of the people went all the same, then someone more powerful had to head it. For example, Putin would hug Maduro, promise support and help - and it would be easier for him in the elections, and understanding would arise in the world. Not fig !!! And so ....
  20. wax
    wax 13 March 2013 00: 03
    Matvienko, Lukashenko - a normal disposition. Putin’s arrival would have added votes to the opposition.
  21. Sirocco
    Sirocco 13 March 2013 06: 46
    The fact that Venezuela is a new field with old players, a political battle for Russia, I think this is no secret to anyone. For the United States is not beneficial such a neighborhood with a country that has rallied Latin America around itself, and they will make every effort to destabilize the situation in the country. I think there will be noise about fair elections, and so on, almost like ours. After all, the screenwriter is the same. The question is how much the US is ready to undermine the situation in Venezuela. To what extent do they need Syria, Libya at their side?