I express to you and to all the Cuban people our deepest condolences over the death of the revolutionary leader, your brother Fidel Castro. The name of this outstanding statesman is a symbol of an entire era in the modern history of the world. He and his colleagues built a free and independent Cuba; it became an influential member of the international community, serving as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples. This strong and wise man always looked to the future with confidence. He personified the high ideals of a politician, citizen, and patriot, sincerely believing in the righteousness of what he did, and to which he devoted his entire life. His memory will forever remain within the hearts of Russian citizens. I wish Castro’s family bravery and firmness in the face of this grievous loss.
V V Putin
President of the Russian Federation
26 November 2016