The visiting Russian Federation's Communist Party (PCFR) secretary general, Guennadi Ziuganov, on Wednesday awarded Cuban leader Fidel Castro the first 90-year Commemorative Medal of the Great October Socialist Revolution.
At a ceremony in Cuba's Council of Ministers' headquarters, Ziuganov handed over the medal to Vice President Carlos Lage, wishing Castro a speedy recovery.
Castro temporarily handed the reins of government to Defense Minister Raul Castro after undergoing intestinal surgery in July last year.
Ziuganov praised Castro as a symbol of the anti-imperialist struggle in Latin America. Lage said this is a reason of satisfaction for the Cuban revolution's top leader.
The PCFR chief arrived here on Sunday as part of a Latin American tour, which also includes Mexico and Venezuela.
Meanwhile, the Russian communist leader blasted Washington for the bailing of anti-Castro terrorism suspect Luis Posadas Carriles, saying the move "is beyond the limits of cynicism and impudence."
Posada Carriles is wanted in Cuba and Venezuela for trial on charges of masterminding a Cubana Aviacion airliner bombing that killed 73 people in 1976. Cuba also accuses him of bomb attacks on Havana hotels.
The 79-year-old former CIA operative was freed last week on bail from a New Mexico jail and is under house arrest at home in Miami pending trial on immigration charges.