Venezuela's top prosecutor leaves Colombia for Brazil; Maduro to visit Putin

Venezuela's top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who fled the socialist country last week, left Colombia for Brazil, Colombia's migration agency said on Tuesday.

"Today the attorney general of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Diaz, left en route to Brazil," the agency said in a statement. 

Ortega, who has become a vocal opponent of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's unpopular government in recent months, arrived in Colombia on Friday with her legislator husband, saying she feared for her life. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday he would grant Ortega asylum if she requested it. 

In other news, Maduro said he expects to visit Russia soon for meetings with the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Maduro told a news conference on Tuesday that talks would touch on energy, defense and food issues. 

Maduro has kept warm political and commercial ties with Russia during a time of tense relations with the United States. 

He said Putin is the world's most popular leader and a "man of peace."