Aides to Venezuelan Dictator Draft Escape Plans

Venezuela’s dictator is drawing up contingency plans in case international calls for him to step down and leave the country come to fruition, Bloomberg News reports. Dictator Nicolas Maduro has been declared by most of the free world as an illegitimate ruler including the United States, but he’s publicly dug in and refused to cede power to Juan Guaido—widely recognized as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. But his aides are secretly drafting plans for Maduro to escape to such havens as Cuba, Russia, and Turkey, all of which still recognize the socialist strongman’s grip on power.