Russia uses Maduro as a wedge
José Gregorio Meza
Venezuela will never be free of President Nicolás Maduro as long as Russia supports him, said José Gregorio Meza. “How many times have we believed that we were coming out of this nightmare” only to have fortunes suddenly turn and Maduro cling to power or even gain international legitimacy? Just last month, the Maduro regime won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, even though it is arguably the worst human rights violator in the Americas. It was undoubtedly Russia that persuaded 105 countries to vote in favor of the measure. Heavily invested in our state oil company, Russia views Venezuela as a “gateway to the continent and a way to shadow the U.S.” It’s also using Venezuela to exploit the anger bubbling in Latin America. In the past month, riots have erupted across the region: Chileans are protesting inequality, and Ecuadorians austerity. Venezuela’s opposition has accused the Maduro regime of helping foment the violence that exploded at these demonstrations, and since Maduro has no money, it’s likely Russia is urging him on. “This damn communist cancer wants to expand throughout South America,” and with Russian help, it just might. “Maduro is not finished yet”—and Russian President Vladimir Putin is just getting started.