The Soviet victory in the Great War (1941-1945) against Nazism inspired six Cuban heroes who withstood imprisonment in foreign countries.
The statement was made in Moscow by Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters who were imprisoned in the US after they infiltrated ultra-right violent organizations that planned terrorist actions against the Cuban people.
They Cuban Five, which are Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, along with colonel Orlando Cardoso, who also served imprisonment in Africa, are guests of the Russian lower chamber of parliament or Duma to the military parade on Moscow's Red Square to mark the 71st anniversary of the Victory against Fascism.
It is a real privilege to attend such important commemorations, which pay honor to those made big sacrifices to make the Victory Day a reality, said Hernandez, who never yielded after he was given two life terms plus 15 years in a US prison.
He said that during all the 16 prison years they served, they received so many supportive and solidarity gestures from the Russian people. All those actions not only contributed to our release, but also helped us every single day and gave us strength to resist.
The Cuban and the Russian peoples share historic links said Hernandez. We have shared crucial times in history and we Cubans feel special affection for the Russian sisters and brothers, he stressed.
The Cuban Five and Colonel Cardoso will meet a four-day agenda which includes a meeting with foreign minister Serguei Lavrov on Tuesday.
The will also meet with parliamentarians, members of the Cuba Solidarity committee and Cuban diplomats in Moscow.
In February 2015, President Raul Castro bestowed the Hero of the Republic of Cuba medal on the Cuban Five, previously the distinction was also given to colonel Cardoso, who was wounded during an internationalist mission in Ethiopia and was submitted to solitary confinement in a Somali prison for 10 years. / ACN.