Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Moscow Street Named After Late Venezuelan Leader Chávez

00.0b Chavez. Venezuela. 08.10.12

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On Tuesday, a street in northern Moscow was named after late Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, the same day that Rosneft and Gazprombank inked significant deals with national oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela. Current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros and Rosneft head Igor Sechin attended the naming ceremony, and Sechin announced that the Russian state-owned oil firm signed an agreement to help develop extensive offshore deposits in South America. Also on Tuesday, Gazprombank, affiliated with Russian energy giant Gazprom, said it signed a deal with Petroleos de Venezuela to invest 1 billion USD (32.3 billion Roubles. 770 million Euros. 660 million UK Pounds) in their joint venture, PetroSamora.

Speaking at the naming ceremony, Venezuelan President Maduro said that President Chávez had visited the Russian capital at least ten times, saying, “He never felt like a stranger in Moscow. I thank you for this gift”. Maduro arrived in Moscow on Monday for a two-day visit. Chávez, who ruled the South American nation for 14 years, died on 5 March at the age of 58 after a two-year fight with cancer. Last week, the acting chairman of the Moscow government’s public affairs committee, Aleksandr Chistyakov, said that Chavez Street (Ulitsa Chavesa) would be a 170-metre-long (558-foot-long) square.

2 July 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130702/182018740/Moscow-Street-Named-After-Late-Venezuelan-Leader-Chavez.html

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

2 April 2013. “Conservatives” Trash Google for Cesar Chávez Doodle on Catholic Easter… It was Sr Chávez’s Birthday, Guys… And He was a DEVOUT Catholic, Too

00 Google Doodle. Cesar Chavez. 02.04.13

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What do we want the Church to do? We don’t ask for more cathedrals. We don’t ask for bigger churches of fine gifts. We ask for its presence with us, beside us, as Christ among us. We ask the Church to sacrifice with the people for social change, for justice, and for love of brother. We don’t ask for words. We ask for deeds. We don’t ask for paternalism. We ask for servanthood.

César Estrada Chávez

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Click here and here. César Estrada Chávez was a sincerely-believing Catholic Christian who prayed the Rosary every day of his life on his knees before his God. 31 March was his birthday… and it was Easter… a holiday that Sr Chávez celebrated every year of his life. Google’s “doodle” wasn’t only in good taste and appropriate, it FIT… for its subject was a man who had no guile in him as far his faith and his vision went.

It tells you much about the “conservative” movement that they would find this offensive. I’m not even going to comment on the fact that some righties were so stupid that they thought that the “doodle” honoured Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, not César Estrada Chávez. I have news for them, President Chávez was a sincere Catholic Christian, and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias gave him his blessing (whilst he was Metropolitan of Smolensk and head of the MP DECR). Both Sr Chávez and President Chávez drew their thirst for social justice from their religious faith.

You can stand with those whose faith leads to struggling for justice for all, or, you can stand with those whose “faith” snickers at man’s inhumanity to man in the name of “economic freedom” and “free markets”. Choose well… your eternal destiny DOES depend on it.

BMD

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Maduro Tops Popularity Rankings Ahead of Venezuelan Presidential Election

00 Chavez. Lying in state. Venezuela. 07.03.13

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Acting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros leads the other presidential candidates in terms of popularity ahead of the forthcoming presidential election in the Latin American country. According to a poll by the Datanalisis sociological service, slightly over 49 percent of the voters stated that they’d cast their ballot for Maduro. Some 35% of those polled say they’d vote for the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles Radonski. This presidential election was called following the death of Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías on 5 March. The election is due on 14 April.

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Venezuela’s Acting President and top contender for the presidency, Nicolás Maduro Moros, pledged to stay the course of the Bolivarian Revolution if he wins next month’s election. Speaking on Monday, Maduro said that on April 14 his supporters were bound to score the biggest victory in the country’s entire history.

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Two candidates registered to run for the presidency in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez’s successor Nicolás Maduro Moros, and opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. Both have a bit more than a month to attract as many supporters on their side as possible. Snap presidential elections in Venezuela shall occur on 14 April. The previous presidential elections in Venezuela took place October 2012. Then, Sr Chávez, who was diagnosed with cancer, won with an 11 percent lead over his rival Capriles. This time around, the opposition Coalition for Democratic Unity again picked Capriles as its candidate.

Zbignev Ivanovsky, an expert at the Institute for Latin American Studies, said, “Capriles is 40 years old, and was brought up in a Catholic family. He graduated from Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas with a degree in law; he’s also a successful businessman… his family owns assets in the media and in the film industry”.

In the 2008 regional elections, he won election as Governor of Miranda state, defeating Chávez supporter and former Vice President Diosdado Cabello Rondón. One should mention that Capriles received this nomination after his party’s defeat in the presidential election. Now, Henrique Capriles is going to compete with interim president Nicolás Maduro Moros. Ivanovsky went on to say, “He’s a very energetic politician. He’s 50, and he’s had a meteoric political career…from bus-driver to Vice President. He was a member of the left-wing opposition party, was a trades union activist, and took part in writing the Venezuelan Constitution. For many years, he served as the country’s foreign minister. Therefore, he’s a very experienced politician. Although he didn’t receive higher education, he has impressive experience”.

Although Capriles enjoys wide support from middle-class Venezuelans, most analysts predict that Maduro would win the election. He’s of working-class background, and has support from ordinary people. Besides, he’s promised to retain Chávez’s policies, which is what many people hope for these days. Chávez’s critics will vote for Capriles.

 Aleksei Chernyaev, an expert in American and Latin American politics, said, “As far as Russia’s position is concerned, it’d like to see Maduro as president, as that would guarantee that Venezuela would fulfil previously-reached agreements. However, it would be quite likely that if Capriles becomes president, he would suspend arms deals with Russia”. The presidential campaign has just begun, but the candidates have already exchanged harsh remarks… Maduro called his rival “a fascist”, whilst Capriles promised Maduro a difficult path to the presidential post. The struggle is going to be tough.

Natalya Kovalenko

12/19 March 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_19/Maduro-tops-popularity-rankings-ahead-of-elections-in-Venezuela/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_19/Venezuela-to-stay-true-to-Chavez-legacy-Maduro/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_12/Venezuela-presidential-race-is-going-to-be-tough/

Venezuela Honours Cuban Doctors for Chávez Treatment

00.0b Chavez. Venezuela. 08.10.12

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On Tuesday, Venezuelan media sources said that the Venezuelan government awarded state medals to four Cuban doctors and three nurses who provided medical care to late President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías in Cuba during his two-year-long fight with cancer. According to La Gaceta Oficial de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, a government publication, Acting President Nicolás Maduro Moros signed a decree that recognised the Cuban healthcare professionals for their “dedicated commitment to the care of our Supreme Commander of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías”. Chávez, who ruled Venezuela for 14 years, died in a military hospital in Caracas on 5 March at the age of 58.

Within the past two years, the charismatic Venezuelan leader underwent four surgeries and four courses of chemotherapy in Cuba and Venezuela. Chávez spent most of his convalescence in Cuba after his first operation in June 2011, but he was transferred to Caracas two weeks before his death. Cuba provided extensive medical aid to Venezuela since 1999 in exchange for oil supplies. Under a bilateral program, known as “oil for doctors”, Cuba sent 31,000 doctors to Venezuela, and it provided training for 40,000 Venezuelan medical personnel. In exchange, Venezuela ships 100,000 barrels of oil per day to Cuba.

20 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130320/180127325/Venezuela-Honors-Cuban-Doctors-for-Chavez-Treatment.html

Editor’s Note:

There are four main reasons why the Republican Party, in particular, hates the present Venezuelan government. Firstly, the late President Chávez was of mixed racial background, which made him unacceptable to the Republican racists. Of course, if he had sucked up to them, making clear that whites were superior, all would’ve been hunky-dory, but Chávez didn’t. Secondly, the present authorities are socialist… they spend Venezuela’s oil revenues on developing their country and helping ordinary folks, not sending them to parasitical American investors in Tarrytown and Orange County. Thirdly, Venezuela is friendly with Cuba, which is anathema to Cuban-Americans, who’re all descendants of American collaborators under Batista (remember, they helped the Mafiosi to rape their country), and who’re all fanatical rightwing Republicans. Lastly, President Maduro is a former bus-driver, a former trades unionist, a working-class man, not a lawyer… oh, the humanity! We all know how Republicans HATE trades unionists, social justice, and economic equity. Actually, the last item is the worst to them… you see, they have to kick working people down whenever they can, wherever they lift up their heads; otherwise, Americans might get ideas… that would really fry their ice, wouldn’t it?

Oh, yes, their champion Capriles is of Affluent Effluent background (his father was a lickspittle executive for Kraft Foods, an American conglomerate), a lawyer, anti-Cuban, and anti-union… what’s not to like, from a Republican standpoint? No worry… all polls state that Capriles is in for a drubbing. Venezuelans don’t want to be American colonial subjects, after all…

BMD 

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