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Cuba: Father of Communist Cuba Fidel Castro meets with Patriarch Kirill *ARCHIVE*01:20

Cuba: Father of Communist Cuba Fidel Castro meets with Patriarch Kirill *ARCHIVE*

Cuba, Havana
November 26, 2016 at 08:43 GMT -00:00 · Published

Former Cuban president and leader of the Communist revolution Fidel Casto died on Friday, with archive footage showing the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill meeting with the Cuban revolutionary in Havana on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

A global icon of socialism and revolutionary politics, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz served as leader of Cuba's Marxist-Leninist following his key role in the Cuban revolution, governing as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

Born in 1926 in Biran on his father's farm, Fidel entered student politics in 1940 and was an active participant in leftist protests. He remained in the spotlight of political developments for the second half of the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st century.

In 2008 he handed the reins of power over to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from Cuba's political scene. Labelled as the world's last Cold War leader, Castro survived a turbulent century, geopolitical tensions and dozens of US assassination attempts against him.

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Former Cuban president and leader of the Communist revolution Fidel Casto died on Friday, with archive footage showing the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill meeting with the Cuban revolutionary in Havana on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

A global icon of socialism and revolutionary politics, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz served as leader of Cuba's Marxist-Leninist following his key role in the Cuban revolution, governing as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

Born in 1926 in Biran on his father's farm, Fidel entered student politics in 1940 and was an active participant in leftist protests. He remained in the spotlight of political developments for the second half of the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st century.

In 2008 he handed the reins of power over to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from Cuba's political scene. Labelled as the world's last Cold War leader, Castro survived a turbulent century, geopolitical tensions and dozens of US assassination attempts against him.

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