Chávez vs. Putin By FRANCISCO TORO

Vladimir Putin? Hugo Chávez? Both fit the description. Yet while many in the West tend to see through the thin veneer of democracy that Putin has pasted over his autocratic rule of Russia, they fail to see the Venezuelan version so clearly. Why is that? http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/why-are-westerners-softer-on-chavez-than-putin/?hpw

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