Putin gives final greeting to Gorbachev, but does not go to funeral

Putin gives final greeting to Gorbachev, but does not go to funeral
Putin gives final greeting to Gorbachev, but does not go to funeral

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday due to agenda problems. The Kremlin reports that.

Due to his busy schedule, Putin will not be able to attend the ceremony at the House of Trade Unions in Moscow or the funeral itself. “Unfortunately, the president has been prevented by his work schedule,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said. Putin was scheduled to fly to Kaliningrad on Thursday.

The Russian president has already given a final greeting in the funeral home of the hospital in Moscow where Gorbachev’s body is laid out. He also laid out flowers. Footage shows the president bowing several times at the coffin and making a sign of the cross. It is the first time that the body of the ex-Soviet leader has been shown.

Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, does not appear to be receiving an official state funeral, a Peskov statement said. The funeral, he says, will have “elements” of a street funeral, including a guard of honour. According to him, the state also helps with the organization. But whether that falls under the definition of a state funeral, he would have to look up.

The relationship between Gorbachev and Putin was complex. In recent months, Gorbachev has reportedly been “disturbed” by Putin’s war in Ukraine. On the death of former Kremlin leader Boris Yeltsin in 2007, Putin, who was then prime minister, declared a day of national mourning.

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