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  • A monument in Crimea depicting Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

    A monument in Crimea depicting Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. | Photo: TASS

Local authorities also plan to build a boardwalk next to the monument and name it after Fidel.

Crimea’s government has unveiled a new monument honoring late Cuban revolutionary hero Fidel Castro, Sputnik International reported Tuesday.

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The monument was constructed by local sculptors in the village of Olenevka, located along the Black Sea, and was built from an eight-foot-long limestone block. It includes a posterized depiction of Fidel’s face along with his notable “victory is persistence” quote. 

The site also includes a bench, from which visitors can take pictures of the landmark.

Crimean Minister of Information Dmitri Polonski attended the unveiling ceremony, paying homage to the revolutionary leader, Sputnik International added.

Although Fidel asked that native Cubans stay away from naming landmarks after him, “it seems unfair when a great, without exaggeration, political leader will have no chance to be perpetuated,” Polonski reportedly said.

Local authorities also plan to build a boardwalk next to the monument and name it after Fidel, TASS reported. 

On March 16, 2014, over 96 percent of Crimeans voted against continuing as part of Ukrainian territory and in favor of joining Russia. Crimea, of which at least 60 percent of the population is of Russian descent, has long been home to dozens of pro-Cuba communist groups and parties. 

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