Why is Venezuela’s gold still frozen in the Bank of England?

In late December, Venezuela’s leading opposition parties voted to oust Juan Guaidó as “interim president” and dissolve his parallel government. This was clearly not the ending the UK government had in mind. Four years ago, the British government made the bold decision to recognise Guaidó as Venezuelan president, and proceeded to facilitate his legal battle […]

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Venezuela’s capital Caracas (Photo: Stig Nygaard / CC 2.0)

Secretive UK team met in Venezuela to promote British energy interests

The head of a secretive British government “reconstruction” unit held meetings in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, to plan for UK involvement in the country’s energy sector. A record of the meetings is included in documents released under the UK’s Freedom of Information Act, but which are heavily redacted, and were provided over a year after a […]

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Alan Duncan speaks at the UN in New York in 2010 (Photo: UK government)

Minister pushing Venezuela regime change discussed its oil with petrol company

Duncan’s conversation with Vitol’s CEO was not logged in public government records and Foreign Office refuses to answer questions about it Meanwhile, Vitol tells Declassified it “has no record of conversation” As foreign minister from 2016-19, Duncan was “full tilt on Venezuela” and spoke of “need to gear up” UK activity in the country Duncan […]

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Revealed: UK sets up media influencing project in Venezuela amid secretive £750,000 ‘democracy promotion’ programme

The UK government has established a journalism project to ‘influence’ Venezuela’s ‘media agenda’ while a Foreign Office-funded foundation is spending £750,000 on a secretive ‘democracy-promotion’ programme in the country, as Britain appears to deepen efforts to remove the Maduro government.

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Conservative Party donors and the battle for offshore oil claimed by Venezuela

UK attempts to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro may be linked to British oil interests in neighbouring Guyana where UK companies stand to profit from offshore oil-rich Essequibo, a territory that is claimed by Venezuela.

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Revealed: UK Foreign Office has spent nearly half a million pounds in aid setting up anti-government coalition in Venezuela

The British government has surreptitiously given £450,000 from its overseas aid budget to establish an ‘anti-corruption’ coalition in Venezuela through a controversial fund which claims to ‘tackle instability and to prevent conflicts that threaten UK interests’, it can be revealed.

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