Leaders » Political Leaders » RAUL CASTRO
|Full name||: Raul Castro|
|Alias||: Raul Castro|
|Address||: Birán, Cuba|
|Animals||: The Sheep|
|Father||: Ángel Castro|
|Mother||: Lina Ruz|
|Siblings||: Ramón, Fidel, Angela, Juanita, Emma, Agustina, Pedro Emilio, Maria Lidia, Manuel, Antonia, Georgina|
|Wife||: Maria Argota, Vilma Espín|
|Children||: Deborah, Mariela, Nilsa, Alejandro|
|Education||: Belen Jesuit Preparatory School|
|Activists||: Political Leaders|
Raul Castro is the current President of Cuba and brother of the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Most of his life was spent under the shadow of his elder brother and he was always seen as the right hand of Fidel. Raul played a very important role in the Cuban Revolution as well as in formation of the government of Cuba, after the revolution was over. He helped his brother plan and execute the socialist revolution, which overthrew the dictator Batista, in the 1950s. He is most famous for his role in Cuban military. He has been counted amongst Cuba’s top-ranking military officers since soon after the Revolution.
Raul Castro, born on 3rd June 1931, was one of the five children of a sugar farmer Angel Castro and his wife - Lina Ruz Gonzalez. Young Castro was sent to the same school as his elder brother, but unlike his brother, he was not very much interested in studies. He did his early studies from the Jesuit school Colegio Dolores, in Santiago de Cuba and later, he was sent to Jesuit school Colegio Belen, in Havana. While Raul was studying at the University of Havana, he developed an interest in politics. He became a member of the Juventud Socialista (Socialist Youth), an affiliate of the Moscow-oriented Partido Socialista Popular, Cuba's Communist Party. He also joined a student communist group and eventually, became a leader of these student groups, which took part in protests and demonstrations. Because of his rebellious nature, he had a history of discipline problems.
Raul Castro is the youngest of the three Castro brothers. He also has four sisters - Angela, Juanita, Enma, and Agustina, and two half siblings - Lidia and Pedro Emilio. Immediately after the triumph of Cuban revolution, Raul married his long time sweetheart and fellow revolutionary Vilma Espín. In 1960, Vilma became the President of the Cuban Federation of Women. Raul's wife, Espin served as Cuba’s first lady for decades because Cuban leader Fidel Castro is divorced. Raul had four children with Vilma - three daughters, Déborah, Mariela and Nilsa, and one son, Alejandro Castro Espin. Mariela is currently heading the Cuban National Center for Sex Education. One of his grandchildren is the chief of his security detail. One of Raul's sons-in-law, Luis Alberto Rodríguez, a high-ranking military officer, is in charge of the armed forces.
A daughter and some relatives of Raul are believed to reside in Italy. Castro lost his wife Vilma on June 18, 2007. Raul's personal life was very normal. Although there were always been rumors about his divorce with his wife, but none of them were conformed and they were usually seen together in public. In an interview, Raul said that he and his wife argue with each other sometimes, like any married couple does, but this doesn't mean that they don't love each other or are separated. The rumors that Angel Castro was not his real father can also be heard, but they were neither denied, nor confirmed.