Socialist Utopia? Venezuelan President Feasts On Turkish ‘Salt Bae’ Steaks Even As Millions Of Countrymen Go Hungry Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (L), people queuing up for food in Venezuela (R). (John Moore/Getty Images)

A video of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro feasting on pricey steaks and smoking cigars at an upscale restaurant in Istanbul has received widespread condemnation back home, where a grave economic and humanitarian crisis has triggered a hunger epidemic with millions of Venezuelans fleeing the socialist state.

Since he assumed office in 2013, succeeding the late President Hugo Chavez, Maduro has been accused of wrecking havoc on his country’s economy.

Venezuela faces hyperinflation, expected to hit a shocking 1 million per cent this year, rendering even the availability of basic products nearly impossible for the country’s masses. Power blackouts, water outages are commonplace. A survey by three leading Venezuelan universities estimated that 87 per cent of households were living in poverty in 2017 while 64 per cent of Venezuelans lost weight in the last year, 11.4 kilograms on average.

At least 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the nation to escape from the ‘tyrannical’ socialist regime of Maduro, who has followed the economic philosophy of his predecessor Hugo Chavez.

The latest video of Maduro and his wife that has sparked the outrage was posted by celebrity Chef Nusret Gokce, popularly known as ‘Salt Bae’ on Instagram, but later deleted. Several other accounts have uploaded the video since. The president and his wife were in Istanbul on a stop-over from China.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber