Cuba Releases New Photos of Fidel Castro

PHOTO: An image from Cubas government website Granma posted Feb. 3, 2015 shows a photo of Fidel Castro with the head of the main Cuban student union Randy Perdomo Garcia in Havana, Cuba.PlayRandy Perdomo Garcia/Granma
WATCH Cuba Releases New Photos of Fidel Castro

Cuban state media released nearly two dozen photos of Fidel Castro around midnight Monday, the first new images showing the former president in nearly six months. The photo release follows renewed rumors about Castro's health.

PHOTO: A screenshot of Cubas website Cubadebate shows ten photos of Fidel Castro on their opening page in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 3, 2015.AP Photo
A screenshot of Cuba's website Cubadebate shows ten photos of Fidel Castro on their opening page in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 3, 2015.

The photos show 88-year-old Castro meeting with Randy Perdomo Garcia, the president of a University of Havana student union, at his home in Havana on Jan. 23.

Garcia penned a lengthy article in the state-run newspaper Granma about the three-hour visit, describing Castro as "animated" and "full of life."

PHOTO: An image from Cubas government website Granma posted Feb. 3, 2015 shows a photo of Fidel Castro with the head of the main Cuban student union Randy Perdomo Garcia in Havana, Cuba.Randy Perdomo Garcia/Granma
An image from Cuba's government website Granma posted Feb. 3, 2015 shows a photo of Fidel Castro with the head of the main Cuban student union Randy Perdomo Garcia in Havana, Cuba.

Castro hasn't been seen in public for more than a year -- and a few weeks ago he reportedly wrote to soccer legend Diego Maradona to reassure people he was, in fact, still alive. Pictures of the revolutionary leader were last released in August, showing him meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.