Following Daniel Ortega’s return to the Nicaraguan presidency in January 2007, Nicaragua, the most important Soviet beachhead in Central America during the Cold War, has once again closed ranks with Russia, welcoming high-ranking Russian government and military officials to Managua. In December 2008, President Ortega made his first post-Cold War jaunt to Moscow.
This week, Colonel General Alexander Postnikov, commander of the Russian Ground Forces, arrived in Managua to confer with his Nicaraguan counterpart, General Julio Aviles, a former Sandinista guerrilla who received military training in Cuba during the 1980s. The photo of Aviles (left) and Postnikov above is found at La Voz del Sandinismo, website of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front.
The two generals discussed the training of Nicaraguan soldiers in Russia and expansion of military-technical cooperation between the two allies. Postnikov leads the Russian delegation at the celebrations dedicated to the 33d anniversary of the Nicaraguan armed forces, which evolved from the Sandinista Popular Army. It is not clear if Postnikov will also make pit stops with Russia’s other leftist allies in the Caribbean Basin, namely Cuba and Venezuela, which faces a presidential election next month.
Last month, Nicaragua took delivery of six field hospitals from Russia’s Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergencies, ostensibly for treating casualties during natural disasters.
Meanwhile, two weeks after Nicaraguan police detained 18 Mexican narco-operatives posing as Televisa journalists and driving cash-stuffed news vans across the Nicaraguan-Honduran border, Nicaraguan police have detained four supposed Panamanian journalists on the suspicion that they too may be smuggling drug money through the country. Until 2010, the second Sandinista regime, by seeming to crack down hard on the drug trade, tried to shed its narco-haven image of the 1980s, when Ortega and his lately deceased interior minister, Tomas Borge, offered sanctuary to Medellin Cartel boss Pablo Escobar. A recipient of narco-bucks from Comrade Hugo Chavez, Ortega has yet to clean up his act.
Incidentally, on the 32nd anniversary of the Nicaraguan Navy, Ortega chided the USA and the European Union for not following the avowedly socialist path of the Havana/ Caracas-led Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas:
If the United States, if Europe, which today are submersed in a profound crisis, were to dedicate themselves to applying mechanisms of solidarity, of complementarity, of fair trade like those that exist in ALBA, Europe would have the instruments to get out of their crisis and give the people of Europe the jobs that they need and the benefits and well-being that they are losing today,
Life is showing that the [capitalist] model that arrived at its maximum development and splendor is now in total decline.
Although the MSM has portrayed “Comandante” as another communist-turned-capitalist- and-faithful-son-of-the-Catholic-Church, veteran KGB asset Ortega still quacks like a commie duck.