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February 15, 1961

FROM THE JOURNAL OF S.M. KUDRYAVTSEV, 'RECORD OF A CONVERSATION WITH MINISTER OF DEFENSE OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA RAUL CASTRO, 2 FEBRUARY 1961'

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    Kudryavtsev and Raul Castro discuss the work of Soviet specialists in the MInistry of the Armed Forces in Cuba.
    "From the Journal of S.M. Kudryavtsev, 'Record of a Conversation with Minister of Defense of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba Raul Castro, 2 February 1961'," February 15, 1961, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVP RF, F. 0104. Op. 17, P. 118, D. 3. ll. 60-64. Obtained by James G. Hershberg and translated by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/188138
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from the journal of

S. M. KUDRYAVTSEV

Top Secret. Copy Nº 2

15 February 1961

Nº 48

RECORD OF A CONVERSATION

with Minister of Defense of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba

Raul CASTRO

2 February 1961

I met with Raul Castro at his apartment. Several questions connected with the work of our specialists in the Ministry of the Armed Forces of Cuba were touched on at the beginning of the conversation.

- situation in different Cuban provinces

- Catholic church issues and actions against it

- reorganization of Cuban army

- Cuban economics

- Kennedy speech in Congress

- security problems in Havana

[translator’s note: SIC, in English]

AMBASSADOR OF THE USSR IN THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA

(S. KUDRYAVTSEV)