A NIEVA Y LA FLOR

Annalisa Natali Murri

 

Humans have always migrated for dissimilar reasons. The Russian migration to Cuba, though, is the only one of this magnitude that has been impelled by love. With the establishment of the Socialist system, Cuba has maintained for decades ideological and cultural ties with USSR. Among many things, this led to the signing of a special program, by which Soviet technical schools would receive thousands of Cuban students every year to be trained in several industrial fields. Meanwhile in the USSR, the demographic policy laws, which prohibited intermarriage and forbade Soviet women to emigrate, were finally changing. From that moment on the “romantic migration” began to take a mass character: for about 30 years thousands of women in the 60-90s decided to leave their Soviet homeland to follow their heart and migrate to Cuba. More than two thousand of them are still living in the island, though their stories have remained largely unknown. Some ended up divorced, others still continue to live happily in love and little else; some have faced difficulties with great strength of mind and determination, others have never accepted that change completely. Nevertheless, the feelings related to their very first days in Cuba and the reminiscences of such an impactful change show many similar traits. All these stories are still clearly engraved in these women’s memory. Each story is a story of love.

 

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