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Fidel Castro’s Death Heralds Period of Change for Cuba

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Vladimir Putin met with Fidel Castro during his visit to Cuba

Vladimir Putin met with Fidel Castro during his visit to Cuba. Photo:

As the world takes stock of Fidel Castro’s death, it remains to be seen how this event will affect Cuba and the country’s relations with the United States.

Cuban revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro passed away on Friday, November 25, at the age of 90. Dr. Mervyn Bain, head of the Department for Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, told Radio Sputnik that Castro was “one of the iconic figures of the 20th century” who stood up to the US hegemony and whose role in Cuba’s history cannot be underestimated.

He pointed out that despite the fact that during the last few years Fidel Castro appeared to be a largely symbolical figure, his brother, President Raul Castro, was likely reluctant to implement any significant changes in Cuba’s life simply because they “would be criticism of his brother, the leader of the revolution.” Now however, it seems that Fidel Castro’s death may allow the Cuban government to consider enacting reforms they were reluctant to pursue when he was alive and well.

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