- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2013

Leader of Russia’s Communist party, Gennady Zyuganov, speculated Wednesday that the death of Venezuelan president Huge Chavez was part of a plot by the United States to infect Latin America with cancer.

“How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which had criticized US policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease?” Zyuganov said on Russian state television, RIA Novosti reports.

“In my view, this was far from a coincidence,” Zyuganov continued, who urged an international investigation into Chavez’s death.

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro also alleged last week that Chavez’s death was due to an imperialist plot.

“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” Maduro said.