Russia to Reopen Spy Center in Cuba

The Lourdes spying center. Photo:
The Lourdes spying center. Photo:

HAVANA TIMES — Russia will reopen its electronic spying center in Cuba as the island once again assists its old ally in its renewed dispute with the United States, reports the EFE news agency.

The agreement to make Cuba an outpost in Russian spying on the USA was reached during the visit Friday July 11th of President Vladimir Putin to Havana, EFE quotes the Russian daily Kommersant.

The Lourdes base was closed 13 years ago due to the economic crunch in Russia at that time and the repeated requests from the United States.

“Our relations (with the US) deteriorated considerably well before the crisis in the Ukraine. In reality, they never really improved, except for some specific periods which have been the exception to the rule,” said a senior Russian official to explain the revived interest of Moscow to monitor communications from Washington.

The Russian parliament recently pardoned 90% of Cuba’s 38.5 billion dollar debt dating back to the now defunct Soviet Union.
Editors Note: The following day Russian  President Vladimir Putin says the base will not be reopened


14 thoughts on “Russia to Reopen Spy Center in Cuba

  • July 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    So naïve and so anti-American. You really think you will be better off with your private data in the hands of the Cuban DGE and the Russian FSB? Think again…they will unhesitatingly blackmail or extort you if they think they have the info to leverage you into giving them information.

  • July 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    That’s an interesting perspective.

    “While Russia may be important to the Cuban government, I see no connection to the Cuban people.

    …Your allegiances are obvious.”

    This dynamic must be very much in the thoughts of the ruling elite, who see their control of the people ebbing away. They attempt to compensate with speeches, which the people tune out, and increased repression of dissidents.

    I believe the regime is grasping at straws. Their time is coming to an end.

  • July 17, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Don’t confuse the difference between “most important” and “most congenial”. The Castros’ continued tyrannical hold over the Cuban people triggers the ongoing icy nature of US/Cuban relations. However the negative aspects of this relationship don’t make the relationship any less important.

  • July 17, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I am seeing a large and growing disconnect between the Cuban government and the Cuban people. While Russia may be important to the Cuban government, I see no connection to the Cuban people. The Cuban people’s connection is to the US because of the large amount of direct remittances, last year some $2.8 billion which is 2 1/2 times the total payroll of the Cuban government. Then there is the $2 billion of goods that some 635,000 US visitors bring into Cuba.

    The struggles of the Cuban people are economic. While the root cause of the Cuban economic problems are political, the Cuban people want immediate relief. Currently that relief is coming from abroad, predominantly the US. If a Cuban is not receiving remittances, they typically know someone who is. Imagine getting an $18 monthly paycheck from the Cuban government and a $100 a month remittance from a overseas relative. Your allegiances are obvious.

    I see the Cuban government implementing “reform” in an attempt to slow down the rate of them becoming economically insignificant. But the government knows it is losing that battle.

    So the Russians are re-opening a spy base in Cuba. Who really cares? Technology has made geographical adjacency much less important so it is not that big a deal to US security. It means nothing to 11 million Cubans. It was a short article on page 7 of my US newspaper today. It is only something that Putin and Castro can boast about while they must ignore the fact that no one is listening.

  • July 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    You make a good point about the negative aspects of the US-Cuba relationship, which are perhaps of greater significance than the positive. Still, the total impact of the US, for good and bad, makes the USA Cuba’s most important neighbour. Russia is an offset, but not a replacement.

  • July 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Kevin, the proposals you make would only penalise the suffering people of Cuba. They would not affect the comforts of the Castro Ruz family one iota.
    What you are suggesting is to ramp up the anti-them actions of the US thus fortifying the suspicions that many of the allies already have about US policies. The US has got enough problems already with the incompetent CIA – example the relationship with Germany which has just chucked out the Head of the CIA in Germany. Look where a mistaken policy of fire power took the US in Vietnam. They were advised in the late fifties to use the methods successfully used by the British in the ten year long Malayan campaign, but instead used their much vaunted “fire power” . Sixty eight thousand American lives later they lost. The real battle is for the hearts and minds of people and knee-jerk reaction to use force as the answer is not usually successful. The US cannot stop Putin’s Russia from establishing a naval base in Cuba, nor can it prevent Russia from having a joint air base with Argentina to meddle in the Antarctic. Although I am totaly opposed to the Castro regime

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