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Fidel Castro’s book of memoirs presented in Moscow

October 18, 2011, 1:03 UTC+3
The book consisting of two volumes titled “Strategic Counter Offensive” and “Strategic Victory” tells about the events of 1958 Cuban revolution
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MOSCOW, October 18 (Itar-Tass) — The memoirs of Cuban leader Fidel Castro were presented at the mansion of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Monday. The book consisting of two volumes titled “Strategic Counter Offensive” and “Strategic Victory” tells about the events of 1958 Cuban revolution when 300 insurgents managed to defeat a 10,000-strong army of dictator Fulgensio Batista.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was present at the presentation ceremony, said the memoirs covered the key episodes of historical victories for freedom, sovereignty and self-determination.

“The Cuban revolutionary is turning 85 this year. Comandant Fidel is respected in this country. He’s the patriot of his homeland. He’s widely known to be one of the most distinguished contemporary statesmen and politicians,” the Russian foreign minister said.

For his part, Cuban Ambassador to Russia Juan Valdes Figueroa emphasized that Fidel Castro’s memoirs were valuable historical materials. “The memoirs describe the real events of our people’s struggle for independence,” the Cuban diplomat emphasized. He also thanked “all friends of Cuba” for preparing the two-volume book for publication.

Many analysts regard the publication of Fidel Castro’s memoirs as another sign of his full recovery. Castro has stayed away from active public life over the past four years after a serious illness.

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