Russia’s Secret Police chief visits Cuba’s Secret Police Chief (for a refresher course? 2nd Honeymoon?)
Alexander I. Bastrykin was born in 1953 and earned his professional spurs after the KGB was dissolved. He now heads the "Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation" (also known as Russia's FBI.)
The KGB's fine tradition, however, was kept very much alive in Cuba by many--including Manuel "Barbarroja" Piniero, the father of the wife of the reporter who serves as the Washington Posts' and NPR's Cuba "expert."
In effect Castro's secret police keep the old fires burning, kept the glorious tradition of mass torture and murder alive--the Red Terror under Dzerzhinsky, Yagoda and Yezhov, the The Great Terror under Beria--this artistry was imparted to Castro's police minions by its very Russian founders!
And the grand tradition lives!..."Come reminisce, Alexander! Come rekindle the old flames of mass torture and terror! We're here to serve you, Alexander and Vladimir!...let's celebrate our second honeymoon!
“We are on a crusade against kulaks like you were in 1930's.” Castro envoy Flavio Bravo in Moscow, Jan. 1961, requesting more Soviet arms and advisors for the Castroite terror campaign in the Escambray.
Flavio Bravo, by the way, was a Cuban Communist Party hack from way back in the 40's, when he hob-knobbed with Fidel at the Univ. of Havana. Batista booted Bravo from Cuba in 1952 whereupon he went to live in Mother Russia. From the cradle of Bolshevism Bravo visited Castro in Mexico city in 1956, pledging his party's full support for the Julio 26 Movement...the CIA, needless to add, was utterly clueless, thanks to the "expert" admonitions of such as Herbert Matthews and the Bacardi clan's designated advisor to the CIA: Vilma Espin ...