Medvedev sends condolences to Venezuela over Chavez's death
In a telegram to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Medvedev expressed his sincere condolences on behalf of the Russian government and on his personal behalf on the death of "Comandante Hugo Chavez, an outstanding politician and statesman and a great friend of Russia," it said.
"All Chavez's life is an example of selfless service to the Venezuelan people and fight for justice and equality. We share the pain of your loss and will always remember this remarkable man, patriot and citizen," Medvedev said.
Voice of Russia, Interfax