Mikhail Gorbachev will leave Russia without Vladimir Putin. After Gorbachev’s funeral, which will begin at 7:00 GMT, pallbearers carried his wooden casket into the chapel. It was draped in a Russian flag.
The last leader of the Soviet Union was Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, a politician from Russia and the Soviet Union who lived from March 2, 1931, to August 30, 2022. He presided over the Supreme Soviet’s Presidium from 1988 to 1989, the Supreme Soviet itself from 1989 to 1990, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s General Secretary from 1985 to 1991, and finally, the head of state of the Soviet Union from 1990 until its breakup in 1991. Mikhail Gorbachev initially supported Marxism-Leninism, but by the early 1990s, he began to support social democracy.
Mikhail Gorbachev publicly made no private remarks on the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. However, on February 26, 2022, his Gorbachev Foundation declared, “We reaffirm the necessity of an early end to hostilities and the immediate beginning of peace talks. Human lives are the most priceless things in the world.” In private, Gorbachev did, however, freely express his anger about the confrontation and developed a progressively unfavorable opinion of Putin. According to journalist Alexei Venediktov, a close friend of Gorbachev’s, Gorbachev was shocked to learn that Putin had invaded Ukraine at the end of July 2022. Venediktov claims that Gorbachev thought Putin “destroyed his life’s work.” Pavel Palazhchenko, Gorbachev’s interpreter, added that the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine had psychologically devastated Gorbachev before his passing.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the revered former Soviet leader who lived long enough to see all the changes he had championed undone, was slated to be buried on Saturday without state honors or President Vladimir Putin’s presence.
The 91-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev received a public send-off; Muscovites will be able to observe his casket in the magnificent Hall of Columns, which is visible from the Kremlin and where former Soviet leaders have been honored. Gorbachev passed away on Tuesday.
After Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral, which began at 7:00 GMT, pallbearers carried his wooden casket into the chapel draped in the Russian tricolor.
Gorbachev rose to fame in the West for facilitating the unification of East and West Germany, releasing eastern Europe from more than four decades of Soviet communist rule, and signing arms control agreements with the United States.
At 91, Mikhail Gorbachev passed away at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow on August 30, 2022. According to the hospital, he passed away after a “serious and protracted illness” and has been continuously monitored by specialists since 2020. Gorbachev’s will specified that he would be buried close to his late wife Raisa in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery. Raisa passed away in 1999.
Gorbachev outlived Alexander Kerensky and Vasily Kuznetsov, the nominal leader of the USSR, both of whom lived to reach 89 years old, to become the longest-living head of state in the history of Russia. After Georgy Malenkov’s passing in 1988, he was the last Soviet leader in office. He was also the only one born during the USSR’s existence.
On September 3, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Column Hall of the House of Unions hosted a funeral service for Gorbachev. Even though there won’t be a formal state funeral, the service of farewell will contain aspects of one. According to his will, Gorbachev will rest in the same grave as his wife Raisa Maximovna on the same day at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery. On September 1, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a formal farewell to Gorbachev by placing flowers in his casket during a visit to the Central Clinical Hospital.
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The numerous heads of state and government from the West who would have undoubtedly attended won’t be there on Saturday due to the rift in relations between Moscow and the West created by Putin’s decision to send soldiers into Ukraine in February.
Instead, regular Russians will pass by the open casket of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, whose guard of honor will, in the words of the Kremlin, offer “an element” of a state occasion.
It will all be very different from the National Day of Mourning and state burial that former Russian President Boris Yeltsin had in 2007 for him. Yeltsin was pivotal in pushing Gorbachev aside when the Soviet Union broke apart and eventually chose Putin as his successor. However, following the ceremony, Gorbachev will join Boris Yeltsin in being laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Raisa, who passed away 23 years prior, in Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery.
Putin quickly began reversing the political diversity that had resulted from Gorbachev’s “glasnost,” or openness, policy after taking office in the Kremlin in 2000. He gradually started regaining Moscow’s dominance over several of its lost republics.