Last tribute to Gorbachev: Without Putin and with diplomats from the West

It was originally announced that the farewell in the House of Trade Unions would last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, but later the time was shortened: from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The last time a funeral was held in the classicist building, which was originally used for entertainment and since the end of the eighteenth century became the scene of the largest social events of the Moscow nobility, was held in April this year, when Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the long-time head of the ultra-nationalist LDPR party, died.

Putin skips Gorbachev’s funeral

Foreign

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending Gorbachev’s funeral, he said goodbye to the deceased in the hospital where the ex-president was being treated for kidney disease and undergoing dialysis.

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Vladimir Putin at the coffin with Mikhail Gorbachev

High-ranking Western officials who would normally attend Gorbachev’s farewell will be absent. Also because, in response to Western sanctions due to its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has banned many high-ranking politicians from the European Union, the United States and other Western countries from entering the country.

Among the foreign representatives, ambassadors and diplomats will attend Saturday’s funeral. The American ambassador to Russia John Sullivan or the chargé d’affaires of the German embassy in Moscow should participate. German Ambassador Géza Andreas von Geyr cannot attend, according to a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, because he has contracted the coronavirus.

France and Austria also announced the dispatch of their diplomats from their embassies in Russia.

World leaders praise Gorbachev for ending the Cold War

Europe

From the Hall of Columns, Gorbachev’s remains will travel to the famous Novodevichy Cemetery. There, according to his last will, the statesman’s body rests next to his wife Raisa.

Dozens of leading Russian writers, intellectuals and politicians are buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery, including the first Russian president, Boris Yeltsin. Of the Soviet leaders, only Nikita Khrushchev is buried in this place, the other Soviet leaders are buried near the Kremlin wall.

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