20 Jahren ist es her, als Cigar Aficionado ein Interview mit Fidel Castro führen durfte. Der Maximo Líder erklärte, warum er nicht mehr Zigarren raucht, dass er dafür eine Medaille der WHO erhalten habe. Auch kritische Fragen beantwortete Castro, etwa jene nach Kompensationen für die enteigneten Exilkubaner:
Castro: Those thousands of Cubans whose economic situation were affected by the Revolution were people who had experience in business, and thanks to the Revolution, they were given facilities in the United States that they would have never received if the Revolution had not been victorious. Those people are wealthier now than they were in Cuba. That they owe to the Revolution. It would be to create a hope that our country were in an economic situation which would allow it to compensate those people whose property was taken. We cannot create that expectation because we do not have the resources and, also, because of the blockade, our country has been suffering great losses, several billion dollars‘ worth. We are a small country, and the blockade has been very harmful to us. Now we are suffering more with the demise of the Soviet Union and the socialist states, with which we supported ourselves. But we are still striving. We are putting up a fight, and we are trying our best.