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The Kremlin loves shadow wars. (bumped)

Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in Venezuela, but could not say when they arrived or what their role was.

Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand by him after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with Washington’s endorsement.

The article says the contractors first flew to Cuba then took commercial flights to Venezuela.

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Looks like a KGB colonel’s chess move. Except this is life and death, not chess.

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RELATED: My latest Creators Syndicate column which discusses the Venezuelan opposition’s noticeably improved ability to coordinate political actions. Did the CIA/State Department help facilitate the improvement? Far too rash a thought.

ALSO RELATED: For the deep background on KGB chess in the 21st century, purchase Cocktails from Hell and read Chapter 4, 21st Century Russian Imperial Warfare.

h/t AB


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