EU country leader attends Gorbachev’s funeral

The Hungarian prime minister is in Moscow for the ceremony, but no meeting with Putin is scheduled, the Kremlin said.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is in Moscow for the funeral of former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on August 30 at the age of 91. According to the Kremlin, no meeting is planned between Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin thereafter.

Orban paid his last respects to Gorbachev at the House of Trade Unions in Moscow on Saturday. He laid flowers at the foot of the coffin and offered his condolences to the bereaved family.

Besides the Hungarian Prime Minister, US Ambassador John Sullivan, British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert, German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr, French Ambassador Pierre Levy and Spanish Ambassador Marcos Gomez Martinez attended the memorial ceremony.

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Hungary explains what has weakened the EU

The last leader of the Soviet Union died on Tuesday evening. Gorbachev served as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR from 1985 to 1990, becoming the first and last President of the USSR. He left office after the country dissolved at the end of 1991.

During his time as Soviet leader, Gorbachev launched sweeping reforms, known as perestroika, aimed at liberalizing the economy and public life. It was under his leadership that the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended, earning him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Gorbachev’s critics, however, blame him for the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russia’s loss of prestige and global influence.

He will be buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow next to his wife Raisa, who died in 1999.


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