>Even during communism’s “forfeited decade” of the 1990s, to quote former Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, Cuba remained an outpost of the Communist Bloc 90 miles south of Florida and an extension of the Soviet Union. This arrangement has not changed but, as we documented in our Red World profile of Cuba, only been revitalized since Comrade Czar Vladimir Putin assumed the presidency of Russia. Now Bolivarian revolutionary Hugo Chavez has transformed Venezuela into another extension of the USSR2. In April one of the powers behind the throne in Russia, Communist Party of the Russian Federation leader Gennady Zyuganov traveled to Mexico, Cuba, and Venezuela to confer with his red brethren. The other power behind the throne, Oleg Shenin, August 1991 coup plotter and chair of the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, has praised the communization of both Venezuela and Bolivia.
In June President Chavez made yet another trip to Moscow, the second in less than a year, to meet both President Putin and Zyuganov. As a result of his encounter with the Venezuelan dictator, Chairman Zyuganov refered to Chavez as “comrade” and a “reliable ally.” Putin, who serves as a frontman for the CPSU, is now scheduled to visit Venezuela at the end of 2007 or the beginning of 2008 to further consolidate the Moscow-Caracas strategic alliance.
Not content to purchase Russian fighter jets, military helicopters, diesel submarines, 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, and the rights to establish a plant that will assemble more of the same rifles, Tyrant-in-Training Chavez intends to obtain transport aircraft from Moscow. The latter purchase is troubling since one of the main functions of transport aircraft is, obviously, to transport troops and military hardware to other countries. While we cannot imagine the Venezuelan Armed Forces taking on its US counterpart, we have speculated before that the Chavezista regime might be offering logistical and/or material support to the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, with which it is semi-clandestinely allied. In February 2006 FARC spokesentity Raúl Reyes declared that his guerrilla force is unwaringly devoted to Chavez: “If the US war hawks used Colombia as a platform to invade the friendly Venezuelan people, the FARC would voice their strongest rejection and offer their unconditional support to the Bolivarian process.”
The first article below, published by Venezuela state media, reports that 100 Venezuelans are currently undertaking military training in Russia.
Venezuela to continue strengthening military agreements with Russia
Caracas, Distrito Capital
Caracas, July 4th (ABN).- The President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez, said Thursday that the country will continue reinforcing the military-technical signed agreements with Russia. He pointed out that during his recent visit in Russia, both governments reviewed the agreements signed in the technical cooperation sector. The Head of State said that around 100 Venezuelan young people are in Russia taking training military courses.
«There in Russia, I found the first pilot woman of helicopter of our Army. She is taking the course for the biggest helicopter of the world,» the President said. Furthermore, he expressed the Venezuela’s intention of purchasing transport planes to Russia. «We said Putin that we have old airplanes, the Hercules aircrafts, which we keep with an extraordinary effort due to they deny us the parts, which have American technology.»
Concerning this matter, President Chávez denounced that the United States has retained the Hercules aircrafts’ motors, which violates the contracts and agreements. «They do not send us the motors, the parts. It also happens with the F-16 parts.»
He also pointed out that Moscow and Caracas working on the military issue with transport airplanes, «much better than the Hercules aircrafts. We also are evaluating submarines, new helicopters and other military equipments.» «But there’s no need to worry, we will not to attack other country; the equipments are for defend our country,» Chávez stressed.
He said that among the agreements signed between both nations are the creation of an economic workshop in Moscow, on July; the visit of a Venezuelan delegation and businessmen to Russia, on August; the visit of a Russian delegation in Caracas, on October, and the possible visit of President Vladimir Putin to the country at end of the year or early 2008.
President Chávez also underlined the creation of a bi-national bank, Russia-Venezuela energy deals in petrochemistry, gas and oil.
Source: Bolivarian News Agency
In addition to transforming Venezuela into a client state for Russian armaments, Putin has urged Chavez to join the Kremlin in forming a bank that will finance bi-national projects:
Venezuela and Russia will work to set up a bank for bi-national projects
Caracas, July 3 (ABN).- The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Russian Federation will work together to set up a bank in order to finance bi-national projects. The statements were made by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, during a simultaneous speech in radio and television offered from the Ayacucho Hall of the Miraflores Presidential Palace, where he made a balance about his recent tour to Russia, Iran, and Belarus. Chávez announced that the bank was a proposal made by his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Chávez added that, this month, a Venezuelan delegation will travel to the Russian Federation in order to exchange experiences and deepen in the subject about the creation of the institution mentioned above, oriented to finance public and private projects. He underscored that this commission will have among its duties to advance in issues like the establishment of mixed companies in diverse areas, starting with gas and oil. The referred commission will be led by the Vice-presidency.
In addition, President Chávez invited national businessmen to be part of a delegation aimed, among other objectives, to detect areas of common interests and elaborate projects according to it. «We want to put our products in the foreign countries, petrochemichals, metalurgicals, etc, because our economy has a low exporting level», Chávez said.
He started his speech making an analysis about the international context in which the tour was made including the visit to the Russian Federation, where he held meetings with Putin, representatives from the Legislative power, and businessmen, among others. Chávez also commented that the President of the Russian Federation is well informed not only about Venezuela reality but Latin America.
«I could not forgive me, I told him, when my time to leave comes, to leave Venezuela depending only on oil incomes. It is too risky to depend only on it, because there are elements that could destabilize the economy as it has already happened», President Chávez explained.
Furthermore, he urged all Venezuelan people to incorporate in the construction of a country economy, under an own socialism model and not the capitalism that «makes unfeasible our national project and slave us».
Source: Bolivarian News Agency
The new ruling party of Venezuela, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), received Comrade Zyuganov’s endorsement during President Chavez’s Moscow meeting with the CPRF leader in June. The pro-Chavez Venezuelanalysis.com reports that nearly six million people have registered to join the PSUV. Twenty thousand “socialist battalions” comprised of 300 party members each will be established throughout the country. Indoctrination classes will be mandatory for party members. “The battalions and candidates will discuss important topics for the process of the foundation of the party such as its structural basis and concepts like democracy, socialism, sovereignty, and anti-imperialism,” Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Rodriguez affirmed. President Chavez has clearly adopted the Marxist-Leninist model for the PSUV, in which the ruling party occupies the role of sole revolutionary vanguard. “The party must be eternal, the most powerful revolutionary motor,” the neo-communist dictator insisted in a recent party conclave. He then admitted that the success of Venezuela’s socialist revolution is intimately tied to his own person: “If I die this revolution will be carried away in the wind because we don’t have a party, a big political machine, a big political direction.”
United Socialist Party of Venezuela Enters New Phase
Monday, Jun 25, 2007
By: Chris Carlson – Venezuelanalysis.com
Mérida, June 25, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— The formation of the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) entered its second phase this past weekend as officials and party militants met for the National Meeting of Candidates for PSUV Militants in Caracas. Record numbers of Venezuelans have registered to be members of the new party and the grassroots process continues with wide participation in the formation of what will soon be the unified party of the Bolivarian Revolution.
In a process that began last April, the formation of the new united party has entered a new phase after having registered 5.7 million people in just over one-month’s time. Vice-president Jorge Rodriguez explained that the second phase will be characterized by the formation of more than twenty thousand assemblies across the country to debate and discuss the political program of the new party. Party members will then elect representatives across the country over the next few months to form the party’s founding congress.
“Another battle is upon us and I have no doubt that we will come out victorious. I’m referring to the formation across national territory of more than 20,000 socialist battalions, made up of 300 (party) candidates each,” said Rodriguez, explaining that the new phase has the purpose of “advancing the formation process and calling for the founding congress.”
It will be the task of more than 25,000 party “promoters” to organize and hold the assemblies in communities across the country. But first the party’s technical committee must swear in 9,000 more promoters in addition to the 16,000 existing promoters already sworn in by President Hugo Chavez himself. The promoters will receive courses starting next weekend about the methodology of the assemblies and will have the responsibility of locating the place to hold the assembly and informing the party members in the community.
According to plans, the socialist battalions will start to meet in community assemblies beginning on Saturday, July 21st, when President Chavez himself will attend his neighborhood assembly in central Caracas. Each battalion will hold a total of three community assemblies before electing a battalion spokesperson to participate in the elections for the founding congress that is expected to be convened in August and last for three months.
The Vice-president also explained that those registered to be members of the party must study and debate the topics related to the creation of the new party during the battalion assemblies.
“The battalions and candidates will discuss important topics for the process of the foundation of the party such as its structural basis and concepts like democracy, socialism, sovereignty, and anti-imperialism,” he said.
And according to Rodriguez, the battalion assemblies should continue to work after the founding of the party as the new centers of debate for the millions of pro-Chavez party militants. These new community assemblies could possibly be converted into the new nuclei of political discussion inside the revolution after the formation of the PSUV is complete.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also spoke at the event in Caracas stressing the importance of the formation of the united party. In front of some 15,000 party militants, Chavez explained that one important reason for the united party was to consolidate the revolution and not rely on the leadership of only one man but rather make a party that can last forever.
“Human beings are transitory,” he said. “The party must be eternal, the most powerful revolutionary motor.”
Chavez recalled his recent visit to Havana and that Castro had explained why he (Castro) can die and the Cuban Revolution will continue. On the other hand, Castro apparently said that without Chavez the Venezuelan “revolution would be carried away in the wind.”
“I realize that unfortunately he is right,” said Chavez on Saturday. “If I die this revolution will be carried away in the wind because we don’t have a party, a big political machine, a big political direction,” he said.
Announcing the official registration numbers of the new party, Chavez celebrated the success of the party formation thus far. Due to the high participation in the party replacing 24 smaller pro-Chavez parties, the president assured it would be “the biggest party not only in Venezuelan history, but in all of Latin America.”
“It will be a party of organized masses, of organized fronts, of mass movements, of big groups and of different political blocks,” he said.
PSUV Registration Numbers
Participation in the formation process has been remarkably high. Of the 7.3 million people who voted for Hugo Chavez in last December’s presidential elections, 5.7 million, nearly 80%, have already registered in the new party. Of the 5.7 million, 2.88 are men and 2.78 million are women, according to the numbers announced by Chavez.
The numbers also indicate that nearly one-third of those registered are younger than 30 years old, around 100,000 are only 18 years old, and more than 42,000 of the new members are over 80 years old. Chavez also is going to allow the entry of thousands of youth under the age of 18 after receiving a letter signed by thousands of teenagers asking for the right to join the new party.
Also among the millions of newly-registered are 285,000 housewives, 1.4 million laborers, and 745,000 professionals.
The states with the highest percentage of registered members are Apure, Cojedes, and Delta Amacuro where the number of registered members actually reached more than half of the total electorate. In Apure more people registered for the PSUV party than actually voted for President Chavez in the December elections. And in Cojedes the same amount as voted for Chavez in December also registered in the party.
Some of the lowest turnouts were in the states of Monagas, Nueva Esparta (Margarita), and Sucre where 78%, 64%, and 59% of those who voted for Chavez in December’s elections have registered in the PSUV party.
By entering a strategic alliance with Caracas, replete with military and economic perks, Moscow is clearly resolved to assist Comrade Hugo in the communization of Venezuela.