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Russia to Export 60,000 Tons of Wheat to Venezuela per Month

Russia will export 60,000 tons of wheat to Venezuela each month under a new trade deal. (TT/CC)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday his government had secured a major wheat deal with Russia.

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Critiquing Maduro from the Left

"Made in Socialism". (Sonnya Paz/ Flickr)

University of Oriente Professor Steve Ellner takes apart ex-Chavista theorist Heinz Dieterich's critiques of the Maduro government from the left. 

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Russia Warns Against US Interference in Venezuela, Calls for Dialogue

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and Russian leader, Vladimir Putin (R). (Reuters)

A Russian foreign ministry spokesperson slammed a statement by the U.S. Southern Command, saying these would further worsen the crisis in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Opposition Campaigner Arrested on Drug Charges in Russia

An image circulated on social media of David posing with National Assembly head Ramos Allup in Moscow. (via Ciudad CCS)

A prominent organiser for Venezuela’s political opposition has been arrested in Russia on drug charges, according to reports Wednesday.

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Brazil & Argentina “Open” to Aiding Mediation in Venezuela

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri receives Brazil’s interim foreign minister, José Serra, in Buenos Aires (Mauricio Macri/

Argentina’s Mauricio Macri government and Brazil’s acting Michel Temer administration have announced they plan to “work together” on mediating in Venezuela’s current crisis. 

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UPDATED: Venezuela’s Maduro Signs Deals with China, Vietnam, Meets with Russia to Discuss Oil Prices

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro before their meeting at the Great Hall of the Peop

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro set out for a diplomatic tour of Vietnam and China over the weekend, and plans to meet tomorrow in Beijing with Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss possible steps for stabilizing oil prices.

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Venezuelans Mobilize in Marches and Military Exercises in Defense of Sovereignty Against U.S. Aggression

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, alongside his wife and "first combatant," Cilia Flores, addressing marchers in C

Over 100,000 Venezuelans mobilized throughout the country for a series of national military exercises in defense of their national national sovereignty on Saturday. They were also joined by a contingency from Russia. 

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Venezuela Puts $4 Billion China Loan in Foreign Reserves, Signs Major Oil Deal with Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin (center) watches as Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez (left) greets Rosneft president

In a television address yesterday evening, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro indicated that a $4 billion loan from China would be added to the country’s international reserves. Meanwhile, as oil prices to continue to slide and with eight days to go to the next OPEC meeting, Venezuela has signed a major deal with the largest exporting non-OPEC member, Russia.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Condemns Western “Aggression” Toward Russia

Maduro addresses a crowd in Caracas on September 1st (RT News)

While addressing a crowd yesterday in Caracas, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro criticized the “threats” made by the United States and Europe, insisting that “Russia defends itself, and is then accused of employing aggressive politics against the West.” 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Attends Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Signs Agreements with Russia

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (right) with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the GECF summit yesterday (AVN)

Yesterday in Russia the Venezuelan government participated in the second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), and President Nicolas Maduro also held a private meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, signing five new cooperation agreements.

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