Raul Castro receives the power from his brother, Fidel Castro (July 31, 2006) - History Key

Raul Castro receives the power from his brother, Fidel Castro (July 31, 2006)

Fidel Castro has serious health problems which made him to step down. Probably the only trusted person was his brother Raul. Therefore, Fidel ceded power to his brother on this day in 2006. Raul always stood in the shadow of Fidel and he was told “the little brother”. However he managed to convince Obama to take Cuba out of their black list. Who is Raul Castro?

Presidents Obama, Castro Meet in Cuba for Historic Visit
Presidents Obama, Castro Meet in Cuba for Historic Visit © Image Source: abcnews.go.com

The Big Brother

After 8 years since Fidel gave the power to Raul, Raul managed make peace with USA. On December 17, 2014, Raul announced the peace with USA. The little brother surpassed his brother. This act of peace basically propelled Raul on the stage of history.

At the age of 83, the shy and sad Raul rescued himself from the curse: he brought the smile back to the lips of a nation exhausted by an atrocious dictatorship. He played in his life different roles: lieutenant, butler, the man of Moscow, inquisitor, pacifier. Always on duty, always ready to protect his brother from anything.

Fidel and Raul Castro
Fidel and Raul Castro © Image Source: miamiherald.com

Since Fidel’s decision to step down, Raul made desperate efforts to avoid a disaster for Cuba. In his close circle, Raul didn’t hesitate to criticize his brother because he missed an important train in ‘90s and refused to open the borders of American investors.

But the dictator remained a prisoner of his paranoia. He even suspected Raul and the general, Arnaldo Ochoa that they were plotting against him. So, in order to eliminate the “traitors” Fidel Castro arrested all those suspected of “Gorbachevism” and accused them of drug trafficking in 1989. The strange thing is the Fidel forces Raul to be the chief prosecutor in this false justice.

Orphan Complex

In the late ‘30s, in a Catholic building Raul was six years old. Dressed in uniform, he poses with his brothers, Ramon and Fidel. Raul was small, gentle and sensitive. He was the target of his classmates. Fortunately, Raul was protected by his older brother Fidel, an authoritative bully who could deal with anyone.

Vilma Espin, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Celia Sanchez
Vilma Espin, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Celia Sanchez © Image Source: successstory.com

Basically, Fidel plays the role of the father, because they never met they father. In other world, the orphan complex will follow them all of their lives.

Raul Castro
Raul Castro © Image Source: the-levant.com

Fidel was seen by the US and Soviet Union too impetuous and unpredictable. Nikita Khrushchev called him “the mad horse”. That is why Khrushchev relied on the little brother to place the Soviet spies on the island in 1962.

“Over the years, at the head of the army, Raul played the role of cleaner of his brother” – J. Machover

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