Chavez test drives new Lada, unveils monument to Bolivar
Dateline: Moscow - 15 Oct 2010
Date: 15/10/2010 10:15 AM
1. Wide pan of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arriving in red Russian made car, a Lada Priora
2. Cutaway of Russian and Venezuela flags
3. Mid of Chavez greeting crowd
4. Various of monument to Simon Bolivar
5. Wide of Chavez speaking on podium
6. SOUNDBITE (spanish, followed by Russian translation) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez :
"This person has a very great significance for us. Simon Bolivar bears in himself not only a great utopia but a lot more, a great dream, a great project, a project of liberty."
7. Cutaway of people listening
8. Wide of Chavez in the crowd
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unveiled a monument to former South American leader Simon Bolivar in Moscow on Friday, as part of an official visit to the country.
The Venezuelan leader arrived in Moscow on Thursday, and is expected to meet both Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin later on Friday.
He is expected to discuss defence and energy issues with the Russian leaders.
In April, Russia offered to help Venezuela build their first nuclear power plant, according to Chavez, but it was not clear whether this would be on the agenda for Friday's discussions.
Political analysts in Moscow say Russia is drawn to Venezuela because of its history of anti-US rhetoric, though business deals have helped cement the growing relationship.
In a friendly gesture Chavez travelled through Moscow in a Russian-built Lada Priora car.
Speaking at the unveiling of a monument to 19th century independence leader Simon Bolivar, Chavez said that Bolivar has "a very great significance for us".
Bolivar, born in 1783, was a South American military leader who fought a military campaign of independence from Spanish rule of the area.
He fought for the independence of Venezuela, as well as Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru.
Chavez has made his admiration for Bolivar very apparent throughout his political career.
A portrait of the leader often serves as a backdrop during televised speeches in which Chavez reads Bolivar's writings.
And the president's political movement the Bolivarian Revolution takes its name from Bolivar.
It was not clear exactly why the monument had been built to Bolivar in Moscow, but it is speculated to be a friendly diplomatic gesture to the Venezuelan leader.