Opposition candidate Henri Falcon has been pressured by US civil servants not to run in the elections
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The government of Venezuela got help from the Russian government officials and businessmen in launching the petro token, Time reported on Tuesday. Its value is tied to the country's oil reserves. According to the report, senior advisers' to Kremlin also had a hand in the creation of petro, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin "signed off" on Venezuela's cryptocurrency effort in 2017.
Because of the nature of Venezuela's political relationship with the USA, economic sanctions were placed on the country and American investors were barred from offering funding for any opportunities in the country. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has gone so far as to refer to the cryptocurrency as the "kryptonite" to the US government's "Superman".
Venezuela'sPetro cryptocurrency - a transparent attempt to circumvent sanctions through a forward sale of the country's oil - has sparked the anger of the nations that imposed those sanctions in the first place.
"People close to Putin, they told him this is how to avoid the sanctions", an executive at a Russian state bank told Time.
The two, however, were not the top Russian authority to back Maduro.
The order makes it illegal for Americans or American companies to engage in transactions related to that digital currency.
OPEC-member Venezuela has fallen on hard times under Maduro and more Venezuelans are leaving as an economic meltdown worsens and opposition hopes of fair elections fade.
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who has repeatedly called for action against the petro, said he welcomed the new sanctions, but added that the "international community must continue coordinated efforts to increase pressure on the Maduro regime".
Unfortunately, even as people are suffering every day from hunger, lack of basic necessities, and preventable diseases, the Maduro regime continues to deny fundamental freedoms and access to basic humanitarian needs to the people of Venezuela. "Now they are using Venezuela as a guinea pig for their experiment".
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Golos, an election-monitoring organization, said it registered more than 1,500 violations in regions across Russian Federation . Student Kirill Belov, 18, said he supports Putin but didn't vote because he thought his ballot would not make a difference.
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