Cuba: Fidel in Wonderland

He was halfway to Moscow aboard an Aeroflot TU-114 turboprop before the Cuban people were told that he was gone. Even to his Russian hosts, Fidel Castro's visit seemed a surprise. Only two welcoming banners could be seen hanging in the 21° cold at Vnukovo airport. But out rolled a Red carpet, and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was on hand to snuggle into the beard when the Maximum Leader came bounding down the ramp.

Sleds & Rugs. Why was he there for the second time in ten months? Easy, said Fidel. For years he had yearned to see Russia's winter...

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