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Russian Nostalgia Nights in Cuba Threatened by U.S. Detente

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Guitarist Rey Fernandez is stomping time with his feet in the smoky Havana bar ToBARish, a pun on the Russian word for comrade. His jazz quartet is playing the theme song of the 1969 Soviet cartoon The Bremen Musicians to the smiles of Cubans and clapping English and Dutch tourists.

“This is the music all Cubans grew up with,” Fernandez said. “These cultural ties will always unite us with Russia.”