In communist Cuba, all animals are equal, but some animals, such as the stepson of the Castro dictatorship’s sock puppet president, are more equal than others. Manuel Anido Cuesta, the stepson of Miguel Diaz-Canel, holds no government post, yet he gets to travel the world with his mommy and his stepdad. While Cubans go hungry and suffer through chronic shortages, he can be seen traveling the world sporting a fancy Montblanc briefcase, which at $1,400, sells for the equivalent of ten times the average annual state income in Cuba. This is socialism in action.
How much does the briefcase Diaz-Canel’s stepson travels worth?
Manuel Anido Cuesta, the stepson of Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel and son of the “first lady” Lis Cuesta, not only travels with Díaz-Canel on his official tours without holding a recognized position in the government, but also does so carrying a briefcase worth over one thousand dollars.
After the photos of the Cuban dictator’s visit and his entourage to the Middle East were revealed, Proyecto Inventario noticed that the bag is from the summer 2022 “Extreme 3.0” collection from the luxury German brand Montblanc and is valued at thousands of dollars, similar to most bags found on Montblanc’s website.
“By comparing the briefcase captured in a photo from the visit to Iran (left) with the product on Montblanc’s website, similarities can be observed in the shape, parts (handles, base, clasp on the left side of the handle), logo (white), and the rectangular pattern of the material,” explained Proyecto Inventario on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
“How can Díaz-Canel’s stepson afford a suitcase that costs more than 10 years worth of a state salary (full, without living expenses)? If he didn’t pay for it, what is the origin of this gift? Are they stealing money from the people? Are they receiving bribes in exchange for influence?” asked Proyecto Inventario.
While Díaz-Canel’s stepson travels with a thousand-dollar accessory, a large part of the Cuban population goes hungry because “there is no money” in the country, according to the regime’s statements. A significant portion of the Cuban population lives in houses at risk of collapse and lacks access to even the most basic medications.
Meanwhile, young Cuban mother Yudeyvis Reinoso, a resident of the Marianao municipality, gains attention on social media because she doesn’t have food to feed her 23-month-old son. But this is just one example; thousands of mothers are in similar situations.