Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito in Russia

The Big Guy from Venezuela was in Russkylandia today, up to his usual business: firming up bilateral relations (already the closest they’ve ever been between the two countries since his inauguration in 1999); buying military hardware (this time, 35 tanks); signing trade deals (especially petroleum-related ones); discussing nuclear energy development; and shaking hands with all the usual suspects…


…in some seriously classy surroundings.

And I get the distinct impression that the Russkies are very pleased with the whole thing–check out Dimitri Medvedev’s expression:


Things between the two countries are so good, in fact, that there are even plans to erect a statue of Simón Bolívar in Moscow–one that’s the exact duplicate of his most famous equestrian monument in Caracas.

Now that’s what I call progress!

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