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Cuban dictator Raúl Castro did not attend Cuba’s major remembrance ceremonies for older brother Fidel, who died one year ago on November 25. Enthusiastic mourning of Castro is mandatory for Cuban citizens, and some remain imprisoned for refusing to participate.
Instead of attending himself, Castro sent a rotating cast to nationwide events that included son Alejandro Castro Espín and Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Castro’s widow, Dalia Soto del Valle, and some of his large coterie of children and grandchildren also made public appearances on Sunday, at an art exposition by son Alex Castro Soto del Valle. One grandson, Fidel Castro Smirnov, delivered an address on Friday in eastern Santiago de Cuba, where he declared that “Fidel’s DNA is present in millions of revolutionaries today.”
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Raúl Castro was notably absent among those commemorating his brother, seemingly the only known relative of Fidel’s who did not make a public appearance.
After multiple Cuban exile publications noted his absence on Monday, the top story on the homepage of Cuban state propaganda newspaper Granma at press time blared that Raúl Castro appeared in the flesh at the funeral of another communist figurehead, “revolutionary combatant” Armando Hart. The government has not provided any reason for Castro to have skipped the ceremonies. Castro did take the lead at funeral services for his older brother and delivered the news that he had died to the world via his presidential desk last year. Raúl Castro has governed Cuba since 2008, when the elderly Fidel stepped down from his position. He would later appear periodically in photos with like-minded world leaders like Hugo Chávez and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
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