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Soviet delegation

In May 1991, members of the first Cuban trade union delegation to be granted visas to the US, since the 1959 revolution. The Cuban delegation consisted of Joaquin Bernal Camero, a member of the national secretariat of the Workers Central Union of Cuba, Luis Guillermo Abreu Meijas, general secretary of the National Union of Workers in Education, Sciences and Sports.

The visit, and that of a separate Soviet delegation visiting Detroit at the same time, was organized by the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and the Detroit Justice for Cuba Coalition.

The Soviet delegation consisted of Nikolai Kurin, regional chair of the General Confederation of Trade Unions, Vladimir Larin, a GCTU executive board member, and Tatiana Rogova, who headed the CCTU interpreters desk.

The Soviets were met by assistant director of the GCTU's international department John Christianson, who flew to Detroit from Washington for the occasion.

A joint reception for both delegations was hosted by the the Coalition of Black trade Unionists. Detroit CBTU president Horace Sheffield spoke of his own trip to the Soviet Union with a UAW delegation in the early 1970s.[1]



  1. Peoples Weekly World, May 18, 1991, page 10