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Security & Strategic Review - October 2019

Russia courts Suriname

Suriname is something of a pariah state, what with its president Desi Bouterse subject to an international arrest warrant for a 2000 drug-trafficking conviction in the Netherlands (in absentia) and on trial for the murder of 15 opposition figures during his military dictatorship in 1982. Yet, Suriname could also be on the cusp of an oil boom similar to the one now being experienced in Guyana, and there is every chance that Bouterse could win another five-year term in power in May 2020. A recent interview given by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the Suriname National Institute of Information suggests that Moscow is aware of the potential this offers.

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