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Born in 1931, near Birán, Cuba, Raul Castro assisted his brother, Fidel Castro, during most of his life. Once Fidel assumed power, Raul became head of the armed forces and served as Cuba's defense minister. Raul became president in 2008.
Born in Argentina on in 1928, Che Guevara traveled to South America during his youth, a trip that spurred his Marxist beliefs. He aided Fidel Castro in overturning the Cuban government.
Karl Marx began exploring sociopolitical theories at university among the Young Hegelians. In 1848, he published The Communist Manifesto with Friedrich Engels and was exiled to London, where he wrote the first volume of Das Kapital.
Born in 1879, Leon Trotsky waged Russia's 1917 revolution alongside Vladimir Lenin. As commissar of war, he helped defeat forces opposed to Bolshevik control. He engaged in a power struggle against Joseph Stalin which led to his death.
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He said that he will be retiring from the Cuban presidency in 2018 after he competes his second term in the country's top spot. Miguel Diaz-Canel was appointed his new vice president and is seen by many as his possible successor.
Raul has been married to Vilma Espin for more than 45 years. They have three daughters and one son.
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