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The son of dictator Daniel Ortega, Laureano Ortega, receives on the night of Monday, February 26th, General Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Photo by El 19 Digital.

Why is the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia in Nicaragua?

Russia has developed a strategic relationship with Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, countries that share their rivalry with the United States.

The son of dictator Daniel Ortega and apparent dynastic heir, Laureano Ortega, received, General Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, on the night of Monday, February 26th, a visit considered of strategic importance by critics of the regime. General Patrushev arrived from Cuba, another close ally of Russia and Nicaragua, that the General also visited officially.

The dictator’s son received the Russian general in his capacity as presidential advisor for Investments, Trade, and International Cooperation, at the Managua International Airport. According to official media, the deputy minister of foreign relations of Nicaragua, Arleth Marenco, and the Russian ambassador to Nicaragua, Alexander Khokhólikov, attended the reception, hosted by Ortega’s son.

The Secretary of Security of Russia arrived in the country with a large delegation, which will be holding meetings with representatives of Nicaragua’s state institutions “to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation between both countries,” state the official reports.

Russian delegation headed by General Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Photo by El 19 Digital.

“Security meeting”

Ortega´s wife and so-called “co-president”, Rosario Murillo, said this Tuesday in her usual communication through official media that the visit of the Russian security secretary is about a “security meeting” with delegations not only from Nicaragua but also from Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia.

Murillo mentioned the members of the Russian delegation, including the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council, Alexander Benedicto; the Deputy Chief of the Federal Security Service; the advisor to the Secretary of the Security Council, as well as members of the translation team, assistants, and advisors.

Meeting in Managua with a Russian delegation headed by General Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. The event took place at the Olof Palme Convention Center. Photo by El 19 Digital.

The Nicaraguan delegation participating in this meeting with the Russian security secretary is composed of the Chief of Police, Francisco Díaz (Ortega´s in-law); the Army Chief, General Julio César Avilés; members of the General Command, Interior Ministers, the Attorney General, Wendy Morales; the director of SINAPRED, Guillermo González; the director of the Financial Analysis Unit, Major General Denis Membreño; the President of the Central Bank, Ovidio Reyes; the Minister of Finance, Iván Acosta; the President of the Social Security Institute (INSS), retired army captain, Roberto González; among other Ortega regime officials.

Since Ortega returned to power in 2007, he has strengthened his relations with the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin, who is his ideological ally at the international level. Nicaragua, under the Ortega dictatorship, is one of the few countries in the world that supports Russia in its military invasion of Ukraine.

“Visit of strategic importance”

Sociologist and former political prisoner in exile, Oscar René Vargas, stated that the visit of this official demonstrates that “Russia has developed a strategy for its relationship with Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela,” countries that he has also visited and that share with Russia their rivalry with the United States.

“I imagine their objective is to firsthand understand what Ortega thinks and how the situation in the country is. I believe this is a visit that must be given a lot of importance,” assessed the sociologist.

Vargas mentioned that the Secretary of the Security Council serves as the “security advisor to the president,” a significant and strategic position in a country at war.

The sociologist also noted that this year, Russia chairs the BRICS+ Group, an informal group of states seeking to expand their multilateral cooperation to counter the world order dominated by the United States and its Western allies, according to their website.

Vargas suggested that Cuba and Venezuela might be incorporated into BRICS+ while Nicaragua could be put on a waiting list, as the Ortega regime has formally requested to join this group.

“The next BRICS+ meeting will be in Russia in June or July of this year, during which they will incorporate new members,” the sociologist added.

It’s a visit to an ally against the United States

According to a governance expert who spoke with LA PRENSA on condition of anonymity, “security councils safeguard a country’s highest national interests, ensure the defense of the nation, and the international projection of its strategic objectives, securing alliances and mechanisms of cooperation.”

The expert stated that Russia’s strategic alliance with the Ortega dictatorship is of great importance to Russia in its aim to weaken the United States, which is its main international adversary.

“The interest in Nicaragua is of great importance. It is vital for Russia’s objective of confronting the United States in its traditional area of influence and from Central American territory creating security problems for them, eventually utilizing it to position resources for the growth of Russian military capabilities, from gathering information, espionage, disseminate disinformation, to the use of elements of hybrid warfare, such as illegal migration or cyberattacks, potentially considering temporary or even permanent facilities for its strategic weapons in the future,” said the expert.

“Russia is determined to weaken its adversary and lead a new world order where the American role is completely weakened, and Ortega is betting on that and is more than willing to facilitate it,” added the expert.

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