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An oil worker in Venezuela. (AP)

Been there. One major global response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a flurry of sanctions. That will be felt in Latin America, especially in countries where governments turn to Moscow to get around the U.S. sanctions they themselves face. Covering restrictions placed from 1958 to now, read our explainer on U.S. sanctions in Latin America, focusing on Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

See how Latin American governments reacted to the invasion.


And then there were five. Colombians participated in legislative elections and primary-like presidential consultation votes on March 13, narrowing a field of over 20 candidates down to just five. Check out our candidate explainer for a vote breakdown as the country now readies itself for the May first-round presidential election.
 

We debriefed the results with Colombia experts in our first-ever Twitter Space. Listen to the conversation.

THEY SAID WHAT?

—Citigroup’s Ernesto Revilla on Mexican Central Bank head Victoria Rodríguez, dubbed Latin America’s most powerful woman in finance by Bloomberg. She assumed her role this year as the country faces its highest inflation levels in two decades.

DON'T MISS THIS
It's been a busy week in Peru. Not only was ex-President Alberto Fujimori given the green light to be released from prison, but President Pedro Castillo is facing another impeachment threat. (The Guardian, Reuters)
FAST STATS
18.7%

Amount of Brazilian state firm Petrobras’ gasoline price hike on March 10. (Valor Econômico)

23.2%

Rise in the price of cooking gas in Brazil over the past year. (CNN Brasil)

$32.4

Value of stimulus package unveiled by President Jair Bolsonaro on March 17 amid inflation concerns and ahead of the October elections. (Folha de S.Paulo)

ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Problems mount for Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso. There are winners and losers in Latin America’s commodities market, though the region risks overreacting to a commodities shock. AQ podcast: Chile’s Gabriel Boric gets to work.
ALGO TINA
We don’t need another hero. But we might need to pay a visit to CanTina Turner. Via @miblogestublog.
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