Publicly, Russia and China continue to support Venezuela’s embattled Marxist leader, Nicolás Maduro. But privately they are moving to cut their losses as his exit appears more likely and more imminent.

VIDEO - As the brutal and repressive Marxist-Leninist regime of Nicolás Maduro implodes, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó offers his country the “alternative” of a milder version of socialism. Foreignt correspondent Alex Newman breaks the news that Guaidó is a member of the political party Voluntad Popular (Spanish for Popular Will), which is a member of the Socialist International – the largest network of socialist and communist parties around the world.

While the brutal Maduro regime oppressing the people of Venezuela implodes, concerns about the foreign-backed interim president’s own socialist pedigree are growing within the nation and beyond.

Russian President Vladimir Putin just might be better off trying to protect Russian financial interests by dealing with Juan Guaidó instead of embattled Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.

The impact of sanctions applied to Venezuela’s oil company PdVSA is already beginning to be felt, from drivers in Caracas to Gulf Coast refineries to China’s Communist Party head Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

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