Farewell ceremony for Mikhail Gorbachev begins in Moscow

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The farewell ceremony for ex-president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92, began in the Hall of Columns in Moscow. Access to the hall is free.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the ceremony would include elements of a state funeral, including a guard.

After the ceremony, Mikhail Gorbachev will be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery next to his wife Raisa, as the politician wanted.

Gorbachev died on August 30 at the age of 91 after a long kidney disease. In recent years, he underwent hemodialysis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, after the death of the politician, said that Gorbachev had a “tremendous influence on the course of world history”; and “understood deeply that reforms were needed.” Putin will not attend the ceremony due to the schedule, but the ceremony will be attended by Russian Security Council Chairman Dmitry Medvedev and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Gorbachev led the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. He was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the first (and only) president of the country.

In 1990, the politician was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “the leading role in the peace process, which today characterizes an important part of the life of the international community.”

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