From our Re-Russification of Cuba Bureau with some assistance from our Bureau of Plastic Rubles for Colonial Overlords
A key step in Russia’s takeover of Cuba is taking place this week. From now on, Russians on the island will be able to make purchases and access ATM machines with their national credit/debit MIR cards.
The ultimate meaning of this event is far more sinister than it might seem at first glance: It’s a harbinger of things to come, that is, a sign of Russia’s increasing dominance on the island.
Ernesto Pérez Chang has eloquently summarized this tragedy in poetic terms, employing the image of the Russian embassy in Havana as a metaphor for Cuba’s re-colonization: (Meditate on the image above).
“They say that the ugly Russian Embassy in Havana was designed to evoke the hilt of an ancient sword, a symbol of dominance, of territory won in battle and of a people surrendered at the feet of the conqueror. When we look closely at the building, it undoubtedly reveals itself to us as a crude iron weapon stuck in the ground. That is the same image that we Cubans will see for years, with the difference that it is we ourselves who are helping to push the sword.”
From Breaking Latest News
Cuba’s Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda, has announced the planned implementation of Russian MIR cards on the island. This move is expected to facilitate transactions for tourists and businessmen from Russia.
The use of Russian MIR cards is set to be implemented in most of the facilities in the tourism sector, chain stores, and service centers throughout Cuba by the end of 2023. This will allow tourists from Russia to withdraw cash in Cuban pesos at ATMs in the country.
Alejandro Velasco, the Cuban vice president of the Currency Exchange (Cadeca), specified that the magnetic cards of the Russian MIR system are primarily intended for tourism from Russia.
The MIR payments system was created by Russia in 2014, following a wave of sanctions due to the addition of the Crimean peninsula. Since its launch in 2015, MIR cards are now accepted in several countries, including Cuba, Venezuela, Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, and others.
According to the official tourism website of Cuba, Cuban banks started accepting MIR cards issued in Russia from March 13. This makes it possible for tourists and businessmen from Russia to conduct transactions on the island by converting rubles into Cuban pesos.
Overall, the implementation of Russian MIR cards in Cuba is expected to enhance financial transactions for Russian tourists and businessmen on the island.