Maduro went hat in hand looking for fresh cash to avoid taking the measures he knows will do him in. Next a pictorial assay of the ridiculous and the "fail!".
Maduro arrived at the airport. On his right his wife, the first "combatiente" because in a revolution there is no first Lady, only combat females. However what is most aggravating is not the nickname of Cilia Flores (perhaps the real power behind the throne) but the fashion statement of the hugely ridicule tricolor scarf and the gangsta bonnet of Cilia.
Even the wrapping for the flower arrangement is cheap, tacky- As befit the occasion I suppose.
But the guy had a meeting. After all he was there and Putin could not dismiss him just like that even though Maduro is rudely crashing in a few countries. So they did manage to have him meet a vice foreign minister. Not even Lavrov could be bothered with a creep looking for a life saver when the Russians themselves are, how could I say it nicely, short of cash defending themselves from a run on the ruble (amen of other real issues like Crimea, Ukraine, Syria, etc.).
So there are the two pictures from VTV itself. Clearly no one has any idea at the propaganda ministry of Jacqueline Faria or inside the close entourage of Maduro in that trip. Are they that desperate that the only thing they can come up with is a gross scarf?
Observe the following.
Lack of formality of the room. This ain't the palatial Kremlin. Is it even heated? Some have not removed their heavy coats. And were is the press corps? Only one guy on the right taking pics from his smart phone? Might as well do selfies. Well, there is at least a single man film crew...
But there is more. Maduro has a new silly sport jacket (Russian flag colors?). And he brought along decoration elements besides the Venezuelan flag: a portrait of Chavez (and the ersatz Bolivar from Chavez visible in the above picture left). Observe also that there are more than half dozen Venezuelans while the Russians have a mere three bureaucrats....
I do not know why, but I have the feeling that the Russians sent a message to Maduro... But I doubt he got it. Then again they are desperate enough not to get any message.
There is an arranged set of additional pictures in Faria twitter time line. At least in that more recent tweet she stresses the word "technical stop", to lower expectations and explain away the informality. Even though bringing Chavez and Bolivar decor spoke of other expectations.....
What we can say from the top left picture is that Cilia did not have a good night and that the flowers were clearly bought in a hurry at the airport gift shop..... No blond pig tailed little girl in traditional grab to hand them.
PS: by the way, pictures hide the Cuban airplane used for the trip.