The 80s would be OK as well. None of those coffee-shop 'communist' would move there. Did they move to USSR? To Poland? Too easy talking anticapitalism crap from the comfort of western democratic capitalism.I think you mean the 90s, when I lived there. In the 80s Russia was still running the country and pouring in money. Immediately after they left, the 90s became known as the "special period" when the money dried up. Then Fidel had the bright idea of "hitting" on Venezuela.