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Uniqueness of Fidel

I would like to start off by saying: ʺWhen you talk about people like Fidel Castro…ʺ, but I realized that talking about such people like Fidel is impossible, because his example is truly unique.

Castro was the last real revolutionary of the 20th century, who survived to these days.

Coming from a wealthy family, he abandoned the domestic well-being for the sake of the idea of building a just society. A lawyer by training, Fidel, with a weapon in his hands and a handful of comrades-in-arms, opposed the regime protected by army of forty thousand soldiers and won without any special training, influential sponsors, supplies and support of media. (Not like present pseudo-rebels).

He was not only a talented lawyer, but also a great commander on the battlefield, organizer, government official and politician. Castro did not share the same fate of many other revolutionary leaders. Those, who had succeeded in overthrowing the former regime, either had not been able to take advantage of the opportunities (Lenin, Sun Yat-sen and Ho Chi Minh) or had become authoritarian leaders, often surpassing the level of rigidity of the control of those with whom they fought.

Fidel Castro escaped this fate. He not only overthrew the Batista’s regime, but also, concentrating power in his hands, managed to build the society where the priority was given to social justice and avoid repression. In spite of the trade embargo, economic sabotage and CIA’s attempt to stage a coup without distaining to use any means such as an armed invasion, attempts to kill him, Fidel Castro managed to govern Cuba and implement a range of reforms on the island.

Having the country, which was considered as an unofficial ‘USA’s brothel’ and where all land and industry were owned by major US companies and life expectancy was 50 years, Castro had managed to ensure that health care in Cuba was considered one of the best in the world, being completely free and available to everyone.

Without expensive natural resources on the island and where heavy industry was not developed, an effective economy, though planned, was built in a short time which was able to ensure the independence of Cuba’s existence.

Even after becoming a full-fledged, legitimate head of the state, Castro did not compromise his principles and remained consistent in defending his ideas and carrying out its allied duty towards Russia, which is incredibly contrasted with other "allies" in the building of socialism in the world.

The army, built with the help of the Soviet Union, did not support the Castro’s regime, but the popular support never left the leader, on the contrary, it was sent to fight for a good cause at the first request of the USSR, economically and prudently using and modernizing military equipment. In Angola, Ethiopia and the Middle East, wherever the Soviet soldiers had to fight side by side with the Cubans, they showed themselves disciplined and reliable allies.

Fidel Castro cannot be an example to the present generation of politicians, as those principles, which he had embodied, ceased to be defining on the policy space in the last quarter of the twentieth century. It was so long ago that present leaders do not even realize that they can rule successfully, based on real ideals rather than on pre-election slogans about social justice.

The uniqueness of the Cuban leader is that o the impossible, to be principled and honest in totally immoral and unprincipled political environment, not to waive the independence of the state and remain faithful to ideals all these years.

Viva la Cuba! Venceremos!

1926-2016 Fidel Castro Russo


  • December 14, 2016 1:21 PM MSK