Former premier Medvedev and President Putin were the first to pay homage to Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of Soviet Union.
The massive public ceremony was held in Moscow, just a few meters away from Red Square.
Gorbachev, who was 91 years old, died just a few days back. This leaves behind a controversial political and public legacy that is being actively debated in Russia.
Nearly all Western leaders offered their condolences. They clearly stated that Gorbachev had been a great politician, who had the courage to lift and stop the Cold War, and create the conditions for closer ties. It is enough for one politician of the Soviet race?
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Premier, paid a blitz trip to Russia and also layered flowers on Gorbachev’s coffin.
John Sullivan, the US Ambassador to Moscow, was also present among foreign representatives. As well, the Russian Ambassadors to Germany and Japan were there.
Recent reports indicated that Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, was keen to visit Moscow to pay tribute to Gorbachev.
“He just gave people an opportunity to say what you think,” – this was Grigory Yavlinsky’s comment, liberal politician and most highly acclaimed Yeltsin politician.
Yevgeny Mironov was a Russian movie and theatre icon who said, “Trusted and humble”.
Moscowers gathered in large numbers at the House of Unions to pay respects and lay flowers. This was the last station of Stalin and other communist leaders years ago.
The US President Biden and Chancellor Scholz have shown respect for the Soviet leader in an open manner.
According to the Kremlin, the funerals would not be state-related but would include elements of a state funeral. The organization was managed by the protocol service under the President of Russia Federation. According to reports, the president will not attend the funeral due to his busy work schedule. Mikhail Sergeyevich, along with his wife Raisa’s grave, will be buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery.
Gorbachev was a symbol for the end of Cold War. According to the president’s press secretary, the ceremony will include elements of a state funeral. This includes an honour guard as a tribute to the man that led our country through difficult times of change and upheaval.
Mikhail Gorbachev, 91 years old, died August 30, 2022 after a long and severe illness.
For six years, Gorbachev held office as the Soviet Union’s highest-ranking state official. After his 1985 appointment as Secretary General of the Communist Party Central Committee, Gorbachev declared a new direction. He was then the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and proposed the establishment of the presidency and the repeal of the article on the leadership role of the party. The Russian words “perestroika”, “glasnost” were first used in many languages around the globe. On December 25, 1991, Gorbachev was resigned from his position as President of the USSR. At the same time, the Soviet Union had ended its existence.
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