Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, presided a political-cultural gala marking 100 years since the Great October Socialist Revolution.
The gala began with a moving rendition of “La Ternura de Alejandra Pajmatova,” by pianist Frank Fernández and a recital of Mayakovski’s poem “Vladimir I. Lenin,” by actor Julio César Ramírez; followed by a spectacular performance of the ballet Avanzada by students from the National Arts School, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Speaking during the act, José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the PCC Central Committee and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, described the October Revolution as one of the most significant events of the 20th century, which marked the dawn of a new age for humanity.
“Nowadays there exists a tendency to minimize the importance of the Revolution which led to the founding of the world’s first socialist state and opened the path to hope and a new social regime which would prove that a world free of exploiters and the exploited was possible,” he added.
Regarding the leader of the Bolsheviks, Machado Ventura noted that “Lenin was a truly extraordinary man, able to interpret the depth and essence of Marxist theory in full. He had a great understanding of the situation affecting the poor and workers, and knew that their emancipation could only be achieved by taking political power.”
One hundred years later and it is impossible to deny the immense contribution and legacy of the October Socialist Revolution, which gave way to other great 20th century social revolutions, like the Cuban Revolution.
Machado Ventura went on to talk about the contributions of that great event, such as its process of decolonization, the construction of a new political-economic system, socialism, and how it marked a drastic change in the correlation of global forces.
“The principles of equality, solidarity, internationalism, social justice, the people’s right to self-determination, independence, and sovereignty, were the basis of the October Revolution and will also continue to be the basis of ours,” he concluded.
Also in attendance at the gala were members of the PCC Political Bureau; Mikhail L. Kamynin, the Russian Federation’s ambassador in Havana, representatives of the accredited diplomatic corps in Cuba , FAR, Ministry of the Interior, and youth and mass organizations, among other guests.