Putin Hails Chavez as ‘Strong’ Leader

RIA Novosti
Wednesday 6th March, 2013

MOSCOW, March 6 (RIA Novosti) – World leaders have been reacting to the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, the populist figurehead of Latin American socialism whose larger-than-life personality split both international and domestic opinion, with Russian President Vladimir Putin among those praising his legacy. “He was an unorthodox and strong person, who looked to the future and always set himself the highest standards,” Putin said in a Kremlin message of condolence after Chavez’s death on Tuesday following a prolonged battle with cancer. Putin added he was confident the Venezuela…

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