From a Miami Herald article “Former bodyguard to Fidel Castro describes dictator’s luxe life in new book“:
Fidel Castro once claimed that he lived a life of exemplary revolutionary frugality on a salary of merely $36 per month. “Lies,” said Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, 65, who served as a bodyguard for the former Cuban leader for 17 years and has published a book of memoirs portraying Castro as a sort of feudal lord who ran the island like it was a personal fiefdom.
Castro controlled about 20 luxury homes, a Caribbean island getaway with a pool and dolphins, the 88-foot yacht Aquarama II, and several fishing vessels whose catch was sold for dollars deposited in his accounts, according to Sanchez.
“He always claims he lives frugally. Lies. He lives in a luxury that most Cubans can’t even imagine,” Sanchez told el Nuevo Herald in his first interview after writing his book, The Secret Life of Fidel Castro, published Wednesday in France.
“Contrary to what he has always said, Fidel has never renounced capitalist comforts or chosen to live in austerity. Au contraire, his mode de vie is that of a capitalist,” says the book, written with Axel Gyldén, a senior journalist at L’Express magazine in France. “This is the first time someone from Castro’s intimate circle, someone who was part of the system and a first-hand witness to these events, has spoken,” Gyldén told journalists.