VENEZUELA’S Putin-loving dictator has cast a dark shadow over his country for over a decade as he plunged it further into turmoil.
Nicolás Maduro, 61, a bus driver-turned-kingpin president now looks poised to invade his neighbour in an oil-driven land grab.
The stern-faced 6ft3in socialist has ruled over the failing South American country that sits in America’s backyard for over a decade.
Clinging onto power through a series of rigged elections and assassination attempts, Maduro has driven his country into greater economic devastation and political instability.
The UN predicts that the 61-year-old’s brutal and repressive regime, propped up by the military, has led to 20,000 extrajudicial killings and forced quarter of its population to flee the country.
He has ferociously cracked down on opponents, mercilessly gunned down anti-government protesters and allegedly squirrelled away millions of the…
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