The new Russian Ambassador to Cuba, Sergei Kudriavtsev presented his letters of credence to President Osvaldo Dorticos at the presidential palace, Havana, Cuba, Aug 22.
GV Presidential palace.
SV New Russian Ambassador and party pose on steps of palace, after presenting credentials.
SV Cuban and Russian flags side by side.
GV Russian Ambassador leaves.
BACK V.. ditto with cheering crowd.
SV Crowd cheering.
GV The 'Marti' monument.
GV Russian Ambassador arrives at monument.
CU Ambassador out of car.
GV Russian Ambassador follows wreath party.
SV Ambassador lays wreath.
GV Ambassador and party leave monument.
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Background: The new Russian Ambassador to Cuba, Sergei Kudriavtsev presented his letters of credence to President Osvaldo Dorticos at the presidential palace, Havana, Cuba, Aug 22. He is the first Russian ambassador to Cuba since the Soviet Union severed relations 1952. K. Kudriavtsev also laid a wreath on the monument in Central Park to Jose Marti, revolutionary hero of the 1890's against Spanish rule.
Russian and Cuban flags flew side by side outside the presidential palace to mark the new link between the two countries. After the playing of the national anthems, some onlookers shouted "Long Live Khrushchev".
The Ambassador's wreath, in tribute to Cuba's revolutionaries, bore the Russian Hammer and Sickle at its centre. As the Ambassador left the monument, Cubans cheered and clapped him in salutation.