The leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba from 1959 to 2008, has died at the age of 90, the Cuban president Raul Castro announced on air of the state TV channel.
"Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution and President died at 22.29 on November 25, wearing a green military uniform," said the brother of the Cuban leader.
A national mourning was declared in Cuba. Fidel Castro left millions admirers in Cuba and around the world: communists, socialists, social democrats, anti-imperialists and anti-Americans.
Fidel Castro was born in 1926 in Cuba in the family of sugar plantation owner. In 1950 he graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana. As a student he joined the Cuban People's Party. In 1953, Fidel Castro took part in the attack on the Moncada Barracks, and then was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Under the pressure of civil society activists he was released from prison in 1955, and then emigrated. In 1956, he returned to Cuba, joining the guerrilla movement.
In 1959, Fidel Castro led the Cuban socialist revolution and became the head of the Cuban government.
In recent years, the state of the Cuban leader's health has deteriorated. Fidel Castro handed the presidency to his brother Raul in 2008.