September 28, 2022

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Gorbachev’s rise had no respect for the head of state, and Putin did not attend the world

A public funeral Mikhail GorbachevThe last head of the Soviet Union was held in Moscow this Saturday (3).

The ceremony was not attended by the Russian head of state, President Vladimir Putin, but there was a public farewell where Russians could see the coffin.

Putin, the head of the KGB agency, once called the collapse of the Soviet Union a “geopolitical catastrophe,” saying Gorbachev refused all state honors and that his schedule did not allow him to participate in the uprising.

Only on Thursday, Putin paid tribute to Gorbachev, who won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for ending the Cold War.

The public event took place in the Hall of Columns, not in the Kremlin, where other Soviet heads of state were veiled.

Gorbachev’s wooden coffin was draped with a Russian flag and placed in the center of the hall.

The coffin of Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow on September 3, 2022 – Photo: Alexander Nemenov/Reuters

Gorbachev became a hero to many in the West for ending more than four decades of Soviet communist control of Eastern Europe. This allowed the reunification of Germany.

At the same time, 15 republics of the Soviet Union claimed their independence. Gorbachev failed to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union, and many Russians cannot forgive him (his regime was also plagued by economic chaos after the liberalization policy known as perestroika).

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was the only head of state in attendance.

Western leaders would probably have gone to Moscow, but the war in Ukraine strained relations Russia And the West is degenerating.

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