Russian Veterans Express Solidarity with the Cuban Five

cinco-banderas-antiterroristasMoscow, Oct 14,  – The Moscow branch of the Russian Veterans Association of the October Crisis of 1962 urged U.S. veterans join the campaign for the release of four Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in U.S. jails.

In a message addressed to William Zain, president of the organization of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Russian internationalists demanded the release of Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez.

The text explains that these men, along with Rene Gonzalez, were arrested 15 years ago for monitoring far-right groups planning terrorist actions against Cuba, organized from United States territory.

Rene Gonzalez already returned to Cuba after fulfilling 13 years in prison and a probation term in the United States.

The Russian veterans also criticized the unfair arrest and conviction of the Five, adding the move was completely opposed to the counter-terrorism war spearheaded by the government of the United States.

By contrast, emphasizes the text, in the United States, well known criminals such as Luis Posada Carriles, major responsible for blowing a Cuban airliner with 73 passengers on board in October 6, 1976, enjoy full freedom and government protection.

Muscovites fighters, who were mobilized to Cuba in 1962 when a U.S. military invasion seemed imminent, emphasized that their claim has the support of colleagues from other regions of the Federation, including veterans organizations in the districts of Moscow, Risia, Arkhangelsk, Bryansk, Vladimir, Volgograd, Voronezh, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Mordova; Nizhegorod, Penza, Rostov, Ryazan, Samara, Saratov, St. Petersburg, Smolensk, Khakassia and Yaroslavl.

In the document signed by Major General Mikhail Makaruk, head of the Moscow branch, and secretary, Guiorgui Petrov, it is noted that a copy was also sent to the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.

Source: RHC

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