celebrates the year. But the points he draws attention to in his speech are the problems in production and economy. Because the 1969 harvest was badly damaged by storms and it barely meets the export quota. Thereupon, the state even cancels official holidays and imposes a 7-day work obligation. Mobilization begins for the target of producing 10 million tons of sugar, volunteers from Vietnam come from America, but production remains at 8.5 million tons. Even so, with the expected harvest failing, Castro proposes to resign in a public speech, but insists that he stay crowded.
Although the people are economically unhappy, they are very satisfied with Castro’s services such as education, health, housing and infrastructure. In any case, Castro’s patriotic approach, embracing his people and, if necessary, sacrificing his life, protecting and caring for them, elevates him in the eyes of the public. Castro is a charismatic leader who spent most of his time with the public, who in a fatherly manner sees his people as part of a giant family, with a character that shows his arrogance only to those who argue. He has a strong sense of humor that can shine easily when he thinks he is humiliated, but at the same time, even teases himself.
Castro spends most of his time working while sleeping only 3-4 hours a day, meeting foreign diplomats only early in the day. Because he thinks that he will get tired in the later hours and will not be able to show the required efficiency in negotiations. His favorite author is Ernest Hemingway. On the other hand, it does not have much to do with music. He exercises regularly and takes care to be fit. Castro, who has a great interest in gastronomy, is also very knowledgeable about wine and whiskey. Not surprisingly, he is fond of weapons and prefers rural life instead of the city. He lives a more humble life than most Latin American presidents. Although he was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, he declares himself an atheist. Unlike the Soviets, he does not need to create a leadership cult supported by propaganda and mass media, and thanks to his natural popularity he becomes a popular figure all over the world during his rule. He continues to live even after his death, with posters and photographs in classrooms, vehicles all over Cuba.
It is clear that women could not resist this charismatic personality of Castro. In fact, information about Castro’s private life is limited due to state censorship, but as is known, 9 children out of 4 women in total.
Castro’s closest friends in life have been the Governor of Havana Pepín Naranjo and his personal doctor, René Vallejo. Celia Sánchez, one of the important female figures of the revolution, who accompanied Castro wherever he went in the 1960s and arranged all his meetings as the leader’s personal assistant, had a great place in Castro. He is close friends of the world-famous Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez with Castro.
Between 1970-1972, thousands of Soviet economic advisors came to Cuba and established the Cuban-Soviet Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation Commission to reorganize Cuba’s economy.