The blessed bourgeois lives of Fidel’s grandchildren
Ever wonder what the Castro larvae have evolved into? Ever wonder how well they have lived up to the Castro regime's "Socialism or Death" slogan?
Well, no surprise here. Given the hypocritical proclivities of the Castro dynasty, none of them seem to be hard core revolutionaries, or even quasi-socialists.
Unlike the progeny of all Cubans trapped in Castrogonia, who have a revolutionary lifestyle imposed on them by the Castro family, these privileged children have enjoyed all the benefits the "Imperialist" nations have to offer, including free rides at European universities.
Details of this shameful story were revealed by Radio Mambi and other exile news outlets, in Spanish. The Radio Mambi site is full of lurid details, including links to documents and a listing of the addresses of these Castro heirs and heiresses.
As it turns out, the Spanish government has paid for the education of at least five of Fidel Castro’s grandchildren. Some of them have remained in Spain, where they enjoy a comfortable bourgeois existence.
Here are the details, heretofore unavailable in English:
Lydia Amalia Castro Odio studied at the Royal Spanish Academy in 2012 with a scholarship of 9,492 euros. She is the daughter of Jorge Angel Castro and Edna Lydia Odio.
Her brother Guido Jorge Castro Odio studied at the University of Salamanca in 1998-1999 with a similar scholarship and has taken up residence in Spain. The University of Salamanca lists him as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Science. He also runs a very successful business. In 2005 he was one of the founding partners of Global PC Desarrolladores Informáticos, and is now the CEO of that firm. Developing an online catalogue for the University of Salamanca is but one of the many fat contracts awarded to his company.
Not to be outdone by their cousins, the children of "Fidelito" Castro Diaz-Balart (Fidel's first-born), have grabbed even bigger prizes from the Spanish government's scholarship game (Piñata Superior de Becas).
Fidel Antonio Castro Smirnov – son of “Fidelito” Castro Diaz-Ballart and his Russian wife Natalia Smirnov – received a scholarship from a Spanish foundation in 2008-2009 for study at one of the branches of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciónes Cientificas (Spain’s National Research Council, its version of the NEH and NSF, combined): the Centro de Investigación en Nanociencia y Nanotecnología. That center for Nanoscience is also funded by the Catalan regional government. He has also studied in Germany and has been part of the Euro-jet-set for years. Fidel III is now a professor in Havana, at the Universidad de Ciencias Informáticas (University of Information Science).
Fidel III’s sister, Mirta Maria Castro Smirnov also studied in Spain with a scholarship and is now a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Seville. She has a luxury apartment in Havana, in the Nuevo Vedado neighborhood.
Fidel III’s brother, José Raúl Castro Smirnov received a scholarship for doctoral studies at a branch of the University of Seville in 2009. The award amounted to 1200 euros per month plus 1600 euros for transportation. In 2010 he received another scholarship from Spain’s State Department. And, according to his Linkedin profile, he is still a graduate student in Seville and has 133 "contacts."