Gorbachev’s funeral has begun in Moscow, only Orbán will come from the West – World – News

The funeral of the former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has begun in Moscow. According to the DPA agency, hundreds of people with flowers gathered in front of the House of Trade Unions, where it is being held today. The first and last president of the USSR died on Tuesday at the age of 91.

, 03.09.2022 10:11


People walk past the coffin of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions during a farewell ceremony in Moscow on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

The last farewell to Gorbachev, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, takes place in the Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions in Moscow, within sight of the Kremlin. In the past, the hall served many times as a place of farewell to high-ranking representatives of the USSR.

Gorbachev will be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery after the funeral rites, where he has a reserved grave next to his late wife Raisa. Many prominent Russian personalities were buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery. There is, for example, the grave of the writers Mikhail Bulgakov or Nikolai Gogol. The first Russian president Boris Yeltsin and the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev are also there. Most other Soviet leaders were buried near the Kremlin wall.

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Gorbachev will not have a state funeral. According to the media, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Gorbachev the full state honors Yeltsin received after his death in 2007. Putin will not attend the ceremony, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, due to scheduling. On Thursday, however, he laid flowers at Gorbachev’s coffin. According to Peskov, the ceremony will include elements of a state funeral, such as an honor guard, and the state has also helped organize it.

Because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, even top Western officials will not come to the funeral. However, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán went there, who wants to pay tribute to Gorbachev.

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Orbán is accompanied by a delegation that includes Member of the European Parliament for the Fidesz party Tamás Deutsch, historian Mária Schmidtová, State Secretary of the Government Office Balázs Orbán and lawyer Imre Kónya.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Orbán has no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “As far as we know, he will only fly to say goodbye to Gorbachev. There was no talk of a meeting,” RIA Novosti quoted Peskov as saying.

US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will also attend the funeral. Western politicians will not take part in it, as Russia has banned many from entering its territory in response to the imposed sanctions. In addition, Russian airspace is closed to aircraft from “enemy EU countries”.

Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.

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