As supplies of Venezuelan oil dwindled, Russia stepped in this month to provide Cuba with petroleum products.
Russian oil company Rosneft will supply state-owned Cubametals about 1.8 million barrels of oil and diesel fuel. The Russian’s first delivery of 249,000 barrels arrived to Matanzas May 10.
Rosneft has also provided loans to Venezuela’s PDVSA, which offered shares of Citgo as collateral.
Russia also has ties to the Cuban and Venezuelan military. Late last year, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai A. Pankov told lawmakers that Russia that they were working to re-establish their former military base in Cuba, according to the New York Times.
Local 10 News’ Andrea Torres reported from Miami.
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In a small coastal town, about an hour east of Havana, in Matanzas is a city known for it’s bridges and for being the first modern city since it was planned before it was inhabited by the Spanish from the Canary Islands.
Officially called San Carlos y San Severino de Matanzas, the old colonial town reached its cultural glory in the 19th century, when sugar cane was the golden crop.
A few know Matanzas as the city with one of the only mummies in Cuba. Town historian Ercilo Vento said he was 16, when the mummy of a woman was discovered in the town’s cemetery June 26, 1965.
To signal that it was an embalmed mummified body, records show it was marked with the letters J.P.L.
In 1980, Vento said a vandal got into her tomb and cut off her head. Vento, who is also a medical examiner, said he decided to guard the mummy at his home for about 25 years.
He eventually identified the woman as Josefa Ponce de Leon, an aristocrat who was not related to the conquistador by the same last name. She never wed or had children.
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