Russia Buries Gorbachev Marking The End Of A Legacy | Putin Not Attending
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - History has cited him as a leader remembered for his international influence, a leader that reformed the cold war, overseer of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the orchestrator of tearing down the Berlin Wall, as Russians mourn the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Saturday, September 4th, the former Soviet leader was displayed for final viewing at the Kremlin, prior to being laid to rest beside his late wife, Raisa, at the Novodevichy cemetery.
His body was on display for viewing for the public in the Kremlin's Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions, a mansion next to the Kremlin which serves as state funeral venues, as well as other events.
A picture which displayed Gorbachev's smile, for which he is known, was on display in the hall with honor guards beside it.
According to AP News, it was well apparent of Putin's absence, although Putin's daughter and granddaughter were there. On Thursday, Putin privately placed flowers on Gorbachev's coffin at the hospital where he passed away.
When asked about Putin's absence, Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin Spokesman, stated that Putin is involved in several meetings, phone conferences, and preparing for a business forum in Russia's Far East.
Gorbachev was an integral player in the breakup of the Soviet Union which finally occurred under Boris Yeltsin's presidency and is viewed by Putin as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century.
Reagan an avid capitalist and Gorbachev a committed communist, forged mutual respect and friendship, which aided in ending the Cold War Reagan and Gorbachev relax at Reagan's Ranch In California in 1992 Public Domain Image | via Wikimedia Commons
Another notable dignitary that lies at Novodevichy cemetery is Boris Yeltsin, Gorbachev's political rival and the first president of post-Soviet Russia.
Many Russian citizens attended the viewing and burial of Gorbachev, as many stated their feelings and thoughts while mourning him, as they paid their respects. The attendance was so enormous that viewing hours had to be doubled from 2 to 4 hours.
"I want to thank him for my childhood of freedom, which we don't have today,..." - Ilya, Financial Services Worker
"I am a son of perestroika,... I'd like us to have more people like him in our country... We need such politicians to settle the situation in the world when it's on the verge of World War III..." - Yulia Prividennaya
"Gorbachev offered people an opportunity to say what they thought - something that Russia never had before..." - Grigory Yavlinsky, Yabloko liberal party leader
Perestroika is defined by Britannica as an instituted program in the Soviet Union during the 80s that restructured the Soviet economic and political policies, bringing it to the same level as capitalist countries such as the US, Japan, and France.
Dmitry Muratov, editor and chief of the Novaya Gazeta and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, led the procession which took Gorbachev to his final resting place. Gorbachev, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, used the money from his own award to assist the Novaya Gazeta in its inception.
Though Gorbachev was displayed at the Kremlin, Russia refused to declare it a state funeral, which reflects Russia's impression of Gorbachev's major achievement of bringing down the Iron Curtain beginning the collapse of the Soviet Union, through the symbolic act of tearing down the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall marked a boundary, which was established at the end of World War II, which marked the end of the free world and the beginning of the Soviet and extended throughout the border, dividing the continent of Europe.
Had the funeral been declared one of the state, Putin would have been obligated to attend, as well as an invitation extended to world leaders, which would not be received well in regard to the current state of tensions related to Russia amid its "special military operation" in Ukraine and strategic partnerships with China and Iran.
AP news also reported that Gorbachev's death was not left untouched as a political tool by state dignitaries such as Dmitry Medvedev, former President of The Russian Federation, and deputy head of Russia's Security Council, who took the opportunity to state on social media of Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Union, was another move in a "chess game with Death" orchestrated by the west.
The sole foreign dignitary in attendance was Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, who remains critical of western sanctions against The Russian Federation. Ambassadors from other nations that reside in Russia did attend the funeral.
Being careful not to cast Gorbachev in a positive or negative light, Putin issued this statement regarding his death:
"He is a man who left an enormous impact on the course of world history... He led the country during difficult and dramatic changes, amid large-scale foreign policy, economic, and society challenges,... He deeply realized that reforms were necessary and tried to offer his solutions for the acute problems..." - Vladimir Putin, President of The Russian Federation
North Korea Fires Fourth Round Of Short-Range Ballistic Missiles In Less Than A Week
11 Chinese Military Aircraft, 4 PLAN Vessels Spotted Around Taiwan On September 29th, 2022
31 Chinese Military Aircraft, 4 PLAN Vessels Spotted Around Taiwan September 28th, 2022
Ongoing Report: Some Supplement Brands Sold On Amazon Using Fillers Instead Of Active Ingredients
Germany: Leaks On Nord Stream Look Like Targeted Attacks, Explosions Recorded
Russian Official Medvedev: Nuclear Weapon Threat Not A Bluff
Russian Official: Poland Would Be Ideal Target For Tactical Nuclear Weapons, Not Ukraine
DOD: Conflict With Nuclear Peer Possible, As Russia Uses Dangerous Nuclear Rhetoric
Ongoing Report: Chinese Military Aircraft Spotted Around Taiwan September 2022
North Korea Fires Short-Range Ballistic Missile Into East Sea
Egyptologist Claims To Have Discovered Queen Nefertiti's Mummy
Russia Drafts 300,000 Reservists, Announces Number Of Combat Deaths
Moscow Prepares To Recognize Parts Of Ukraine As Part Of Russia
Super Typhoon Nanmadol Reaches Japan After Evacuation Ordered
Puerto Rico Power Grid Fails, White House Declares Emergency
US Speaker Nancy Pelosi Visits Armenia After Clashes, Angers Azerbaijan
Iran Fires Live Ammunition At Crowd Protesting Death Of Kurdish Woman
Major Earthquakes: Latest - 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake In Taiwan, Tsunami Warning
Germany Takes Control Of Three Russian Oil Refineries
Intense Fighting Between Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan
DOD: $600 Million Additional Aid To Ukraine 2022-09-16:
Sarcophagus Found Under Notre Dame Cathedral During Dig, After Building Damaged By Fire
Pentagon Had Top Secret Meeting To Discuss China And Russia's Plans To Build Space Weapons
Ongoing Report: Azerbaijan And Armenia Exchange Fire, And Blame
Ukraine Maintains Its Counteroffensive, Claims It's Reached Russian Border