From our Bureau of 21st Century Neocolonialism with some assistance from Yevgeniy Sanchez-Stepanchikov, our resident expert on Czar Vlad the Invader
Just a few weeks after a delegation of Russian “experts” sealed a deal with Castro, Inc. that will allow Grand Putinia to exert substantial control of Cuba, another delegation has arrived and taken control of a moribund sugar mill on the island, in the vicinity of Sancti Spiritus.
The Russians are all staying in a local hotel that is now off limits to Cubans. All of the repair work at the mill is also off limits to Cubans. Naturally, the locals seem a bit disturbed by these developments.
Czar Vlad the Invader is being stealthier in Castrogonia than in Ukraine, but his ultimate objective in both nations is to expand his empire.
Abridged and loosely translated from 14yMedio:
The Uruguay sugar mill, whose closure was brought forward by 14ymedio in April of last year, is already receiving the Russians who came to the rescue. The official press stated in October that there was a planned investment from that country to revitalize the sugar mill, located in Sancti Spíritus, and this newspaper has been able to verify that some experts are already there, staying at the Zaza hotel. “They are staying here and we are no longer accepting national clients”
“The Russians are already here,” says an employee of the Zaza hotel, a nearby accommodation with an architectural style from Soviet times and very similar to the so-called schools in the countryside. The place, which had been deteriorating for years, is now undergoing a “capital repair,” says the woman. “The investment is large because the mill is in awful shape, but it is obvious that the Russians come with resources and their own people for the repairs.”
“They arrived, they signed the contract and they are already working. They are staying here and we are no longer accepting national clients,” remarks the worker at the accommodation belonging to the Islazul chain. “This place is not very pretty but since it is remote, it was cheap and it is close to the dam, there were people who came here to spend a few days, but the word has already spread that we are not accepting Cuban guests.”
The idea is for the Zaza hotel to function as temporary accommodation for the Russian technicians who will try to revitalize the Uruguay mill, which has been in operation since 1905 and has undergone endless transformations and repairs since its foundation. In recent years, stoppages due to breakdowns have multiplied and the plant has spent more months stopped for repair and maintenance work than grinding cane.
“This was the pride of our town and now it is better not to mention it,” considers María Elena, who at the beginning of this century was a worker in the administrative part of the mill, one of the largest sources of employment in the province historically. “We were like a family but all that was lost and now nobody tells us if with the Russians we are going to benefit from Uruguay grinding again.”