The Venezuelan government is desperate: a barrel of Venezuelan oil costs right now only - only? - about 48 dollars. When the military coup monger Chávez came to power, the price was $12. If we take into account inflation, that is like $17 of today's money. Thus: the government is only earning more than two and a half times what it got in 1998...and yet Venezuelan standards of living have collapsed probably to what they were at that time. I say probably when I should say surely. The problem is that the government has been massaging statistics in the most blatant way and it is hard to prove it until we actually start to do the maths about how much food a Venezuelan worker could buy in 1998 as opposed to now or what chances he had then to afford a house, even to pay the rent for a small flat.
The government is so scared that Maduro decided to travel on an emergency trip to China just a couple of days ago. He is right now in Asia trying to get some money to survive. He had been announcing new monetary policies back in December and he kept announcing them time after time. Today, we hear the minister of finance saying "the new monetary system will be announced when Maduro comes back from China".
As a little but meaningful detail: the finance minister is no economist but Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torre, a military who took part in the bloody coup attempt carried out by Chávez.