GENERAL: INCREASED SOVIET PRESS ATTENTION TO CUBA

Created: 12/14/1959

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Soviet Press Attention to Cuba: An Izvestla article recently characterized the Caatro movement notsual Latin American revolutionnational liberation movement" In which the working class and laboring peasantry "took the most active role." Tbe application of thisspecifically to Cuba impllos that Moscow has put its ideological stamp Of approval on tbe Castro regime. Theissue of the Soviet Journal International Affairs had called Perez Jimenez' overthrow in Venezuela, as well as that of Batista inturning point" marking the emergencenew stage in the national liberation struggle in Latin America."

ecember, Praydaengthy article byCommunist party leader Escalante in which he described the Castro regime as people's government" not controlled by tbe working class but subject to great influence by tbe "proletariat and the peasantry." He charged the US with threatening to reduce sugar imports, obstruct trade in aod restrict tourismoans of brlngiog pressuro on the Cubao Govornment to submit to the ioterosts of the "US monopolists." Escalaote concluded by advocating thatrelations be resumed between Cuba and tbe "socialistarticularly with tho USSR and Communist China. publication of those remarks is probably loteoded to indicate its receptivltv to any Cubao overtures to resume

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