Moscow – The funeral of the former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, will be on Saturday, September 3. Gorbachev’s daughter Irina told the Russian Interfax agency today. According to her, the last farewell will be held in the Column Hall of the House of Trade Unions and he will be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow. Gorbachev, the first and last president of the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 91. It is not yet clear whether there will be a state funeral.
According to Interfax, Gorbachev’s daughter hesitated when answering this question. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier that the Kremlin will decide today whether Gorbachev will be given a state funeral. It is not yet certain whether President Putin will attend the farewell to the late politician. The Kremlin will announce it later, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian head of state, told TASS today.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Gorbachev will be buried at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery, where he has a reserved grave next to his late wife Raisa. She died of leukemia in 1999, Gorbachev regularly visited her grave. A number of important Russian personalities are buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.
According to his daughter, the last farewell should take place in the Columned Hall of the House of Trade Unions in the Russian capital. According to Reuters, the remains of the dictator Joseph Stalin were also exhibited at the same place after his death in 1953.
“The Hall of Columns, September 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The entrance is free. The burial will be the same day at the Novodevichy Cemetery,” Vladimir Polyakov, spokesman for the Gorbachev Foundation, said later, according to the TASS agency.
The fact that Gorbachev’s funeral will be on Saturday was also reported by well-known Russian journalist Alexei Venediktov, who headed the independent radio station Echo of Moscow until its closure after the beginning of the current Russian war against Ukraine. According to the TASS agency, he was in close contact with Gorbachev.
The German agency DPA has already noted that due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the related sanctions, there are questions about the participation of foreign guests in the funeral ceremony. In response to Western sanctions, Russia has banned many high-ranking politicians from the European Union, the United States and other Western countries from entering the country.
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