From Russia with love
It’s the story of 1,300 or so Russian and Eastern European women aged in their 60s who are currently “stranded” in Fidel Castro’s island paradise.
Most of them married Cubans back in the 1960s and 1970s, when it seemed as if the Soviet Union and its empire would last (and stretch) for ever.
The women moved to Cuba with their husbands to help build Soviet-style communism in the tropics. And for years, they led what could best be described as relatively comfortable lives, at least when compared to their Cuban neighbours.
In fact, as the article reveals, Fidel Castro used to provide the women with heavily-subsidised air tickets so they could fly back home every five years – a privilege most Cubans could only dream about.
Since the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the women have more or less been forgotten by the regime, forced to make ends meet on their Cuban pensions, which are worth about USD10.00 a month.
You know, just like ordinary Cuban pensioners.
Read the article here.
H/T Penultimos Dias