Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral on Saturday of the last leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, who died at the age of 91, the Kremlin spokesman said Thursday.
“We know that the main ceremony will be on September 3, as well as the funeral, but the president’s schedule will not allow him to be there,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
He said that Vladimir Putin had already gone Thursday to the Central Clinical Hospital (TSKB) in Moscow where Mikhail Gorbtachev died to pay homage to him and “lay flowers near his coffin”.
Dmitry Peskov said there will be “elements of a state funeral” at Mikhail Gorbtachev’s burial, including an “honor guard”, and that these are organized “with the help of the State But the lack of esteem, not to say detestation, that Vladimir Putin has for the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize is no secret to anyone.
The last leader of the Soviet Union died Tuesday evening at the age of 91 following a “long and serious illness”.
One of the main political figures of the 20th century, Mikhail Gorbtachev made history by throwing the Soviet Union out of the Soviet Union in 1991, when he claimed to save it through democratic and economic reforms, trusting too much in the good faith of the West thus showing an incredible geostrategic short-sightedness.
Geopolitical earthquake, the breakup of the USSR marked, among other things, the end of the Cold War and the beginning of American unilateralism, the occupation of Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq and the destabilization of the Arab sphere under the fallacious pretext of the forceps creation of the Greater Democratic Middle East, the echoes of which still resonate today, more than a decade after the no less fallacious Arab ”Spring”.
Mikhail Gorbachev’s legacy is controversial in Russia: if he is the one through whom freedom of expression may have emerged, he was responsible for much of the break-up of a superpower and the years of crisis that followed. (What about AFP)