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.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at email@example.com.
By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention