Thousands of cheering Cubans - shouting "Russia Yes, Yankee No" - lined the sea-wall at Havana Harbour June 5 to welcome 300 Soviet agricultural technicians who had arrived aboard the Russian vessel "Gruzia".
LV "Gruzia" enters harbour
LV "Gruzia" in harbour, crowds run forward to meet her
MV Crowd with banner
CU Spectators waving flags.
CU DITTO, Castro's face on flag
MV Captain Jimenez leaves ship with Soviet Ambassador to Cuba
LV Technicians leave ship
CU DITTO, technicians making enthusiastic signs
CU Technicians shake hands with Cubans
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Background: Thousands of cheering Cubans - shouting "Russia Yes, Yankee No" - lined the sea-wall at Havana Harbour June 5 to welcome 300 Soviet agricultural technicians who had arrived aboard the Russian vessel "Gruzia".
The Cuban warships escorted the ship to the dockside where red-berated schoolchildren showered the Russians with flowers and shouted "Viva Nikita".
Welcoming the Russian party, the Cuban Director of Agrarian Reform, Nunez Jimenez said: "What a difference between the imperialist Government and that of the Soviet Union...one sends us ships with mercenaries and the other ships with teachers." His welcoming speech ended: "Viva Lenin and Fidel Castro."
About 1,000 young Cuban peasants left Cuba June 11 for Russia where they will live for a year on collective farms, studying Russian agricultural methods.