Desde Dentro de Cuba.

Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. - http://www.cubafreepress.org

September 9, 1999

CUBA, RUSSIA, THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA FREE PRESS By Juan A. Granados, Publisher and President of Cuba Free Press, Inc.

A historic important factor present during the last 40 years, affecting the possible peaceful democratization of Cuba, has been Cuba's relationship with the USSR, now Russia, and the United State's relationship with the USSR now Russia as it pertains to Cuba. With the Kennedy - Krushchev agreements on Cuba, the present Cuba became fixed as part of the cold war's status, and it remains as a relic of that period even after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Cuba, which Russia considers its largest debtor nation, continues to maintain important economic, diplomatic, military, intelligence and cultural ties with its largest creditor. Russia sold and delivered during the last few months, at undisclosed subsidized terms and conditions, 1,500,000 metric tons of crude oil. Cuba continues to export a significant tonnage of sugar annually to Russia. Russia sides with Cuba in all U.N. Cuba related votes, including those pertaining to the situation of human rights inside the island. Russia conducts important spying activities against the United States from the island, and operates a nuclear submarine tender base at its southern coast.

Unpaid volunteers of Cuba Free Press recently made it possible for us to publish tabloid No. 14 (Year II, issue No. 1) in English with the two center pages translated to Russian. We also recently added to our Internet site a directory on "Russian translations" or "Traducciones al Ruso" at http://www.cubafreepress.org/russian.html, showing the few translations into Russian that our new volunteers have been able to produce. These are the latest additions to the 5,400 original items (in Spanish) and translations from inside Cuba, published at our Internet pages during the last 25- months.

As part of this modest effort, we have added all the members of the Russian Duma in Moscow as beneficiaries of the distribution of the English tabloid. What's more, we have heard that the little tabloid is being sold - along with the latest Spanish edition - at a news kiosk in the center of Moscow. This was made possible thanks to the cooperation of the publisher of a distinguished human-rights publication in that country. That publisher wishes to assist in increasing the distribution and dissemination of this independent information from inside Cuba to Russian speaking persons who could influence Russian policies towards the island nation. Who knows, perhaps this data could assist in the peaceful democratization of Cuba and the improvement of the island's human rights situation. Within this Russian readership are those who maintain person-to-person contacts essential to the Cuba-Russia relationship and they might provide additional channels of information distribution inside the island, which is our basic purpose.

There are hundreds of thousands of young educated Cubans who read Russian. They make up the current young leadership of the government, including the diplomatic corps, officers and troops of the Cuban military and of the intelligence agencies and other repressive organs, plus technocrats, professionals, intellectuals, journalists and academics. Among them lies a truly untapped resource essential to a future democracy in Cuba and among them are those who can help in a peaceful transition to democracy. Others have chosen exile and are dispersed throughout the world.

Needless to say, the above should suggest the importance we give to this new avenue of dissemination of our Cuban-journalist clients' works. For that reason, Cuba Free Press is searching for additional funding, sufficient to finance expansion of our operations to produce 5,000 copies each of an eight-page tabloid in the Russian language. The requested funding would allow the distribution by mail and hand delivery once or maybe twice per month of 4,500 copies to the Russian Federation and to the 14 ex-USSR independent states (NIS) and 500 copies in the United States. The content of the tabloids would be from translations into Russian of our Spanish-language inventory of items at our Internet site at http://www.cubafreepress.org . All Russian language translations would also be published on our Russian pages at http://www.cubafreepress.org/russian.shtml . We welcome comments.

Juan A. Granados, President and Publisher of Cuba Free Press.


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