Fidel Castro in Russia
Fidel Castro in Russia. The first visit of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz to Russia, former Soviet Union took place 50 years ago, in June 1963. On April 26, 1963 in an atmosphere of secrecy Fidel Castro flew to the Soviet Union. Moreover, his plane that flew secretly from Havana, landed not in the Soviet capital but in the north of the Soviet Union, in Murmansk, where Fidel first thing moved to the base of Soviet submarines in Severodvinsk. Soviet sailors drove to raid squadron moored nuclear submarine directly to the pier. The Cuban leader has visited it in person, delighted by what he saw. Soviet military even raised in firing position with a nuclear missile to demonstrate the possibility of a real submarine. Castro, dressed in a jacket, with his mighty and gigantic figure was in its compartments. Fidel was amazed, seeing the possibility of Soviet military equipment. He had the impression that the Soviet Union can really protect Cuba from its territory. Castro made a historic visit to the Soviet Union, he visited not only Moscow, but also Soviet republics – Uzbekistan, Georgia, which were the part of a great country – the USSR. And Fidel Castro’s route through the territory of the Soviet Union, and the exact length of stay in a particular city, were under secret.
During those 38 days, from late April to early June, Fidel made a unique march throw from Severodvinsk to Samarkand. Volgograd and Murmansk, Tashkent and Bratsk, Leningrad and Kiev, everywhere this bearded man in glasses and olive fatigues was received with such kindness and love that Fidel Castro, years later recalled about the wonderful hospitality of the Soviet people. Here are some black and white photographs of his stay in the Soviet Union.
Moscow knew that Fidel prefers a direct, live communication with people. It is no accident that so much attention during the trip was paid not to meeting in offices, but his acquaintance with the achievements of the Soviet economy: hydroelectricity, tractor and metallurgical plants, base of submarines.