Gorbachev funeral: Putin will not attend, laid flowers near his coffin

Gorbachev funeral: Putin will not attend, laid flowers near his coffin
Gorbachev funeral: Putin will not attend, laid flowers near his coffin

“We know that the main ceremony will take place on September 3, as well as the funeral, but the president’s schedule will not allow him to be there,” Dmitry Peskov said, clarifying that Putin visited the hospital in Moscow where Gorbachev breathed his last to “lay flowers near his coffin”.

The funeral will take place in the well-known Hall of Columns located at the House of Trade Unions, Interfax reported, in the same place where his body had been placed Joseph Stalin for popular pilgrimage after his death in 1953.

Alexei Venediktov, former director of the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station and friend of Gorbachev, also said in a social media post that the funeral will take place on September 3.

Mikhail Gorbachev “sealed” it end of the Cold War without bloodshed, but failed to prevent the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The last leader of the USSR made arms reduction agreements with the United States, sealed cooperation with Western powers to bring down the Iron Curtain that separated Europe from World War II and bring about the reunification of Germany.

History wrote the year 1985 when Mikhail Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union and took initiatives for nuclear disarmament in cooperation with Ronald Reagan’s United States.

Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, May 1988Photo by Miroslav Zajc/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Many historical events followed, which largely bear Gorbachev’s signature: H Reunification of Germany, which he himself negotiated with Helmut Kohl, definitively burying the Cold War. Her politics Perestroika (“Restructuring”) and of Glasnost (“Transparency”), which ended the autocracy of the communist regime.

Gorbachev will go down in history as the Kremlin leader who allowed not only the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and eventual German Reunification, but also the self-determination of all Eastern Bloc countries, their right to break free from guardianship of Moscow.

In a few years he will experience it himself dissolution of the Soviet Union and the disintegration of an empire that only violence could prevent. While the Germans greeted him with the address “Gorby, Gorby”, while he became increasingly popular abroad, Gorbachev quickly lost prestige and credibility in his own country, Deutsche Welle noted in a recent feature.

It became a “bullet that loses the initiative of the movements” as the author noted Ignats Lotso in the biography “Gorbachev, the reformer”, to add that “his mistake was that he still trusted the Communist Party.”

To this day many Russians despised Gorbachev, seeing him as the “undertaker” of the Soviet Union, the once-thriving superpower that managed to defeat, humiliate and ultimately destroy Hitler’s fascism in World War II.

They never forgave Gorbachev for the upheaval caused by his reforms, seeing the subsequent decline in their living standards as a “too high price” to pay for “democratization”.

Economist Ruslan Greenberg, who visited Mikhail Gorbachev in the hospital on June 30, recently told the Russian television network Zvezda: “He gave us freedom, but we didn’t know what to do with it”…

A champion of rapprochement with the West, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

His end was sealed in 1991, when the last defenders of the nomenklatura tried to overthrow him, only to find before them Boris Yeltsin, who expelled the would-be coup plotters, only to rise to power himself in the absence of any other alternative.


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