Putin won’t attend Gorbachev’s funeral

The Kremlin spokesman confirms that the farewell ceremony for the former Soviet leader will include “elements of a state funeral”.


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be able to attend the funeral of the Soviet Union’s last president, Mikhail Gorbachev, scheduled for Saturday due to a job incompatibility with the time.

“Before leaving (for Kaliningrad), the President (Putin) stopped at the Central Clinical Hospital, where he said goodbye to Mikhail Gorbachev and laid flowers,” Peskov said, quoted by the TASS news agency.

Mr Putin bade a final farewell to Mr Gorbachev dressed in a black tie and stood by the coffin, where he left a bouquet of roses. He then looked at the portrait of the former Soviet leader at his feet and made the sign of the cross.

The Kremlin spokesman dispelled doubts about the scale of the tributes paid to Gorbachev, assuring that the ceremony will include “the elements of a state funeral”. “There will be a guard of honour,” he added, as reported by the Interfax news agency.

Mr. Gorbachev, who will benefit from a ceremony organized by the Protocol Service of the Russian Presidency in the Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions, will be buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, alongside his late wife, as he had wished.

Mr. Gorbachev died Tuesday in a Moscow hospital at the age of 91 following a long illness. Architect of the first steps of today’s Russia, he is associated with Perestroika, a set of political reforms within the Communist Party of the USSR, which won him more admirers abroad than in his country. country.

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