People lined up on Saturday to pay their last respects to the former president of the USSR
Mikhail Gorbachev was buried alongside his wife Raisa at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow after a farewell ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners. The first and only president of the Soviet Union died in the Russian capital on August 30 at the age of 91.
The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon with the participation of honor guards. The coffin with the body of the Soviet leader was covered with the Russian state flag when being transported to the burial place.
Earlier in the day, a farewell ceremony was held at Moscow’s House of Trade Unions where hundreds of people, including politicians and foreign diplomats, lined up to pay their respects to Gorbachev. Russian President Vladimir Putin was unable to attend the funeral, but he paid his last respects to the late Soviet leader before the official ceremony on Thursday.
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After becoming the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, Gorbachev launched sweeping reforms known as “perestroika” aimed at liberalizing the country’s economy and public life. His tenure saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. He resigned at the end of 1991 with the break-up of the Soviet Union.
In 1990 he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
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