Is there a Russian community in Cuba?

Question: Hello Havana Times, my name is Eduard and I live in USA but originally from Russia. We are planning to come to Cuba for Religious purposes. I am happy that I was able to find your website and I can learn something about Cuba from your website. We would like to find a Russian community in Cuba and wondering if you would know where we can find this community? According to our research there is about 55,000 people of Russian descent living in Cuba.

Also, is there an open access to the internet in Cuba?

Answer: Yes there is a good size Russian-Cuban community and one of our writers, Dmitri Prieto is a member of it. We will pass on your request to him and he can then write you directly.

As to your other question, Internet in Cuba for visitors is available at some of the hotels at varying speeds, and costing from 7 to 11 USD the hour. Cubans are not allowed to contract internet service at their homes, even the terribly slow 40-50 kb telephone dial up connections, which some trusted government workers and artists have.

  • Sky

    Not allowed, but some do….

  • Alina Simone

    I am a Russian-American in the USA hoping to travel to Cuba in the fall and have the same question. Can you please put me in touch with Dmitri Prieto? simone.alina@gmail.com

  • Ren

    I guess it’s not an issue even if it’s true. I take russian class by skype at Preply and I think Russians are great people.

  • Robert Rhyno

    I am in the zoo business and will be in Cuba in August, I am trying to email the National Zoo but can’t seem to find an email address for it, do you have any way I can get in touch with them?

    • The person who is going to check on this is out of town this week but will next week.

  • Carlyle MacDuff

    Regarding car hire, foreigners should be made aware that there is a top up charge for insurance of $18 per day. Also that insurance claims are only met if a police report is obtained. Finally, try to avoid renting a Geely – they are junk!

    • Tommy P

      I rented a Geely and had no problems with it, I thought it was as good as any other car ?

  • Carlyle MacDuff

    With regard to Russians in Cuba, the 2012 National Census reported just 5,500 people not born in Cuba.

  • Harbourcay

    There is a Russian community of Chernobyl survivors just east of Havana

  • Ruben Alberto

    The United States of America elite and prestigious Cuban community knows that there is a large former Soviet Union Russian Community in Cuba, and a large Chinatown too.
    There is many Soviet Cars, and Soviet products in Cuba…

    • Carlyle MacDuff

      Ruben, as I have previously written, the 2012 Official Census of Cuba found only 5,500 people in Cuba who were not born there. I know of only two Russian women by birth who live in our city. But I find your comparison between Russian and Cuban schools interesting. What is the basis for you claiming that Cuban schools are superior to the Russian schools and colleges?
      Yes, there are many Lada and a few Muskovich cars in Cuba dating back prior to 1990. The factory in Russia which produced them was designed and installed by Fiat, who also designed the car. Cuba boasts 20 cars for every 1,000 people. Puerto Rico has 678.
      Talking about the 2012 Census, why was it that people only had choice of being white, mulatto or black – with no provision for Asians. Where do the Chinese fit in?
      One of the major Russian exports to Cuba is cement which includes asbestos – no concern there for Cuban public health is there?

  • Ruben Alberto

    That is great, because the climate is nice in Cuba, all year round, and Cuba has the best schools, and colleges…