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Last week Putin, who served the Soviet Communist KGB, said regarding fellow communist comrade Castro: “Fidel Castro devoted his whole life to the selfless struggle for the triumph of the ideas of goodness, peace and justice, for the freedom of oppressed peoples, for a decent life for ordinary people and social equality.” (Russian President Putin: November 22, 2022) https://web.archive.org/web/20221123163252/http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/69914

Fidel Castro’s Death “Greeted with Sorrow” by Putin, China, the Pope, and the Mexican President: https://youtu.be/MEs3waFF6is

MAKING OF A MONSTER Inside Putin’s past as a KGB goon as secret files reveal his ‘chilling raids on dissident artists in Soviet Russia’ By Iona Cleave, 29 Nov 2022 “KGB archives reveal Vladimir Putin’s dark past as a young officer and his role in sending dissident artists to the gulags in Soviet Russia. Unearthed files shed new light on the tyrant’s sinister early career decades before his meteoric rise to power and murderous war in Ukraine. https://web.archive.org/web/20221130102219/https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/20591860/putin-kgb-secret-files-raids-dissidents/

The many Cuban Americans, who don’t like the Castro system in Cuba, need to figure out which Spanish speaking “hispanic” Americans love Russia and start educating them, where possible. In the United States, Hispanic-Americans are 3 times more likely to support Russia than non-hispanic whites. See: YouGov survey https://docs.cdn.yougov.com/h45mt3xoby/econTabReport.pdf#page=16. This is a long-term trend, as is the huge growth in the US “Hispanic” population. This must be addressed. https://today.yougov.com/topics/travel/trackers/friend-enemy-russia?crossBreak=hispanic Spain, Latin America, and the Spanish speaking Caribbean, are well-known for their histories of authoritarianism that pre-date the existence of the the United States.

Monument to Fidel Castro unveiled in Moscow
Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez unveiled a monument to Fidel Castro in Moscow. November 22, 2022 15:50 Moscow https://web.archive.org/web/20221123163252/http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/69914
The monument by sculptor Alexei Chebanenko and architect Andrey Bely is a bronze figure of a Cuban statesman mounted on a granite pedestal.
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Speeches at the opening ceremony of the monument to Fidel Castro

Vladimir Putin:
Dear Mr President!
Dear Cuban guests,
Muscovites, friends!

We have gathered here, on the square named after Fidel Castro, to open a monument to this outstanding statesman and politician, the founder of the modern Cuban state.

Fidel Castro devoted his whole life to the selfless struggle for the triumph of the ideas of goodness, peace and justice, for the freedom of oppressed peoples, for a decent life for ordinary people and social equality.

He is rightfully considered one of the brightest and most charismatic leaders of the turbulent, dramatic twentieth century, a truly legendary person, a symbol of an entire era – the era of national liberation movements, the collapse of the colonial system and the creation of new independent, independent states of Latin America and Africa.

Fidel and his associates have always selflessly defended the sovereignty of their native country; they did not allow it to be broken by the intervention of mercenaries, sanctions, financial and economic embargo, attempts at external isolation; defended the right of Cuba to its own development model in accordance with national, and not externally imposed values; made sure that the world takes into account the opinion of Cuba and respects its interests.

For many generations of our fellow citizens, the image of the Comandante has always been covered with romantic glory, courage, and victories. In the words of the famous Soviet song “Cuba – my love!” reflected our sincere, enthusiastic feelings not only for the Island of Freedom and the entire Cuban people, but also directly for Fidel, whose power, energy and unbending will attracted and still attracts like a magnet.

I was lucky, dear friends, to meet with Fidel Castro on several occasions, and many hours of conversations with him remained in my memory, especially our last conversation in July 2014.

He spoke about things surprisingly consonant with the time – the time of the formation of a multipolar world order: that independence and dignity are not traded, that every nation has the right to free development, to choose its own path, but in a truly just world cannot there should be room for dictatorship, plunder and neo-colonialism. His encyclopedic knowledge, deep understanding of the essence of events, sharpness of mind, accuracy of assessments were striking.

Fidel was a true friend of our country, he often came to us, and in 1963 he traveled around almost the entire Soviet Union. He was always a welcome guest of Moscow and loved our capital very much, loved this city. As Fidel himself said, he was ready to come to Russia at any time: in summer and winter, with or without snow.

Our country has always supported the freedom-loving Cuban people and the leadership of the republic. And we know it’s mutual. Cuba has been, is and, I am sure, will always be our consistent strategic partner and ally in world affairs.

Dear friends!

Russian-Cuban friendship, bequeathed to us by Fidel Castro, is the common heritage of our peoples. And you, Mr. President, representing the new generation of Cuban leaders, are making a huge contribution to the development of friendly, trusting relations between our countries.

Together we will further strengthen our alliance and jointly defend the great values ​​of freedom, equality and justice.

Thank you for your attention.

M. Diaz-Canel Bermudez (retranslated): Dear Comrade Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation! Dear Russian friends!

It is a great honor for me to take part in the opening of the monument to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz.

First of all, I would like to thank President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for participating in this solemn event, who had the honor of knowing Fidel personally and having many hours of conversations with him during his visits to Cuba in December 2000 and then in July 2014.

I am also grateful to the members of the Russian Military Historical Society, the Moscow City Duma, and especially the sculptor Alexei Dmitrievich Chebanenko for such a noble initiative.

Dear friends!

The personality of the Commander-in-Chief is most closely connected with the friendship that has been tempered between our peoples and governments for more than 60 years.

Fidel understood very well the essence of the brotherhood relations that unite our countries. He always had warm relations with Soviet and Russian leaders. He knew and admired Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, the great Russian cosmonauts. He always admired the enormous fortitude of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War, their heroism and ability to sacrifice themselves to save humanity from fascism.

Fidel first visited the Soviet Union in 1963 and traveled for more than 40 days to the most important cities, including Leningrad, the city he honored for its epic 900 days of resisting the blockade by the fascist army.

This historic visit strengthened our historical leader’s love for this brotherly country and the nascent friendship between our peoples, which continues to this day.

In subsequent years, he visited the USSR many times, the last time in November 1987 to participate in events on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

Until the end of his life, he followed with particular interest what was happening in this great country, kept abreast of every event, every news related to Russia with special attention, and attached particular importance to its role in world politics.

In this regard, we can say that this monument is also a tribute to the friendship between Russia and Cuba, which has a very solid foundation.

Dear friends, comrades!

I want to recall with deep gratitude the words that President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin wrote on behalf of the Russian people when Fidel died six years ago. I quote: “Fidel Castro was a true friend of Russia in whom we could trust. He made a huge contribution to the formation and development of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic cooperation in all areas.” End of quote.

Today, before you, we confirm that the new generations of Cubans, who consistently and in an organized manner occupy public and government positions in the country, are committed to continuing friendship and solidarity with the Russian Federation.

I can tell you on behalf of the Cuban people and government about our loyalty to the legacy of Raul and Fidel regarding the friendship that they built for so many years with the USSR and then with the Russian Federation. The bonds that unite Russia and Cuba are unbreakable. Fidel laid the foundation, developed these relations – we have to maintain and continue them. Russia knows that it can continue to count on Cuba.

Eternal glory to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz!

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