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Soviet-Cuban Alliance: 1959-1991

Yuri Pavlov
ISBN: 978-1-57454-004-8
1996/320 pages/LC: 95-50925
Distributed for the North-South Center Press

"A fascinating insider's view of the vicissitudes of the Soviet relationship with Cuba by a former Soviet foreign service officer.... Pavlov's account of his discussions with Bush administration officials and the Cubans during the twilight years of Gorbachev provides much new material unavailable elsewhere."—Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs

"Pavlov offers us an inside view of a critical point in history."—John S. Robey, University of Texas, Perspectives on Political Science


During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Yuri Pavlov interpreted for Nikita Khrushchev. In 1982, he was appointed Soviet Ambassador to Costa Rica, and in 1987, he became head of the Foreign Ministry's Latin American Directorate and was responsible for Soviet-Cuban bilateral relations. Pavlov draws upon these experiences to give both a personal and a political account of the history of the Soviet-Cuban alliance and speculates about the future relationship between Cuba and Russia.

Pavlov provides the first eyewitness appraisal of the history of this alliance, as well as important insights into the subsequent confused and contradictory Russian policy toward Cuba.


Yuri Pavlov, a veteran of the former Soviet Foreign Service, has had extensive experience in international and Latin American affairs. He is a visiting scholar in international studies at Oregon State University, Corvallis.


  • Origins of the Soviet-Cuban Alliance.
  • Soviet Missiles in Cuba.
  • From Krushchev to Gorbachev: Gains and Losses.
  • Movement in Opposite Directions.
  • Decline in Havana's Political Influence in Moscow.
  • Cuban Lobby in Moscow.
  • The Moscow-Havana-Washington Triangle.
  • The End of the Road.
  • Photographs.
  • Epilogue.
  • Index.