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Díaz-Canel pays tribute to Fidel Castro in Moscow

Moscow, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), in the Russian capital on Wednesday.

The Cuban head of State arrived in Moscow’s Sokol district with the delegation accompanying him on his working visit to Russia to lay a wreath to the undefeated commander-in-chief.

“To the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution from the Cuban people,” the ribbon on the wreath laid by Díaz-Canel read.

The monument to Fidel, inaugurated by the Cuban president and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on November 22, 2022, is a tribute from the Russian people to a man whom they consider a paradigm of Latin America and the world.

At the square, named after Fidel since 2017, a three-meter-high bronze monument was built, representing the bearded young man in military uniform with his traditional beret, standing on a block of stone with a map of Cuba.

Architect Andrey Beliy and sculptor Alexey Chebanenko stated that the sculpture represents the heroic path of a man who defended the people’s rights in his country.

At the unveiling ceremony of the sculpture, Putin stressed the friendship between the two peoples established by the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

“Fidel Castro is a symbol of an entire era of national liberation movements, the fall of the colonial system, and the creation of new independent States in Latin America and Africa,” the Russian president said.

Díaz-Canel, in turn, noted at the time that Fidel “understood excellently the bonds of brotherhood that have united both nations” and “admired the greatness of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), their humanism and capacity for sacrifice to save humanity from fascism.

On his second day in Moscow, the Cuban president’s agenda includes meetings with Russian authorities and his participation in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.