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Russia’s Secret Police chief visits Cuba’s Secret Police Chief (for a refresher course? 2nd Honeymoon?)

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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!

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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!

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“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 ...

2 comments to Russia’s Secret Police chief visits Cuba’s Secret Police Chief (for a refresher course? 2nd Honeymoon?)

  • Griffin

    Putin's connection to Cuba goes way, way back, and through a very intriguing character.

    One of Putin's close allies and political advisors is Alexandr Ivanovich Alexeyev, currently a member of the Russian Duma, as a member of the Rodina Party (formerly, the Communists). Between 1983 and January 1991, Leonov was Deputy Chief of the First Chief Directorate of the State Security Committee (KGB) of the Soviet Union, the second most important post within the KGB structure. Previously he was Sub-Director of the KGB’s Analysis and Information Department (1973-1982) and Sub-Director of its Latin American Department (1968-1972).

    Can you see where this is heading? I bet you can.

    In 1953, at the age of 25, Leonov was posted to Mexico City, where he learned Spanish at the Autonomous University. In the course of the sea voyage, he met Raúl Castro, who was returning from a European youth festival. On arrival in Mexico he took up a junior post in the Soviet embassy.
    In 1955, Leonov met Che Guevara in Mexico City through Raúl Castro. Leonov violated Russian embassy rules by visiting Guevara who was fascinated with Soviet life. After answering some of Guevara's questions, Leonov gave him Soviet literature.

    Alexeyev was dispatched by the Soviet government to evaluate the state of affairs in revolutionary Cuba. He applied for a visa in February 1959, but was not granted one until August. Even then, the visa technically only permitted him entrance into the country as a journalist, working for the Soviet Telegraph Agency (TASS).[7] This may be due to the fact that Fidel Castro felt uneasy about bringing in an officially-acknowledged diplomat from the Soviet Union, which might have provoked a hostile response from Washington.[7] However, all pretenses of Alexeyev being a "journalist" were dropped once he entered the country. He quickly became acquainted with Che Guevara, and met Fidel Castro personally on 16 October, 1959.

    In February 1960, he accompanied Soviet Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan on his visit to Havana, where he renewed his contact with Che, to whom he gave a precision marksman's pistol, "on behalf of the Soviet people". During the 1960s he served as a senior KGB officer stationed in Mexico. During the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, he received regular reports from agents in Florida with respect to American military preparations. He felt sure at the time that a nuclear confrontation would not be the result of the crisis. He served as interpreter on Fidel Castro's visit to the Soviet Union in 1963.

    Now isn't that interesting? Putin's top advisor on Latin America just happens to be the KGB veteran who made built the Soviet relationship to Raul, Che & Fidel. I'm sure he has plenty of good advice for his former KGB protégé, Vladimir Putin.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Leonov

  • Gallardo

    Interesting Griffin.

    Cuba owes a lot to Russia, does it not? Apparently being the biggest fraud, the biggest franchisors of totalitarianism/destruction, and the biggest world pest for 70 years, specially after WWII, was not enough. They have no shame and with the two-face morons 90 miles from Cuba's north, who also have none, they (Russians) have nothing to loose.

    Anyhow, let me go see what's the latest Nazi movie from Hollywood...