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Country in crisis: A man walks past a mosaic of late president Hugo Chavez (left) and President Nicolás Maduro on a wall in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Getty Images

Country in crisis: A man walks past a mosaic of late president Hugo Chavez (left) and President Nicolás Maduro on a wall in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Getty Images

Country in crisis: A man walks past a mosaic of late president Hugo Chavez (left) and President Nicolás Maduro on a wall in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Getty Images

Embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro shows no sign of giving up his iron grip on power, despite mounting pressure from his own beleaguered people and increased rejection by the international community.

While the US, EU and Canada joined more than a dozen Latin American countries in backing the opposition leader, Comrade Maduro is not entirely without friends.

Notably, Russia's Vladimir Putin has backed the strident socialist in his efforts to cling to power.


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