Police dispersed crowds at Gorbachev’s funeral

Crowds of people gathered outside the House of Trade Unions in Moscow, where the funeral of the reformist former Soviet president was held on Saturday. However, they were later dispersed by the police.

This part of Gorbachev’s funeral “with elements of a state funeral” was organized by the Kremlin administration.

The current president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, did not attend the funeral, but a number of celebrities from Russia and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán did arrive.

Other Western dignitaries were absent from the funeral due to ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine. However, some Western ambassadors and diplomats, such as the American ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, were supposed to participate.

The columned hall of the House of Trade Unions served many times in the past as a place of farewell to high-ranking representatives of the USSR, such as Vladimir Lenin or Joseph Stalin.

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.

Gorbachev, the first and last president of the Soviet Union and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died on Tuesday at the age of 91.

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