Friday, September 30

Thousands of people say goodbye in Moscow to Mikhail Gorbachev

Thousands of people say goodbye this Saturday in the historic Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions in Moscow to the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91 in the Russian capital.

The room opened at 10:00 local time (9:00 a.m., peninsular time) and was to close two hours later, but the Russians were patiently queuing to enter to say their last goodbye to Gorbachev, whose coffin with two guards honor on each side is displayed in the Hall of Columns, reserved for illustrious personalities.

For this reason, the funeral rites, which do not have a State character, but with “some elements” such as the honor guard, as the Kremlin justified this decision, were extended beyond what was scheduled.

It took two hours to enter the historic building to pay homage to “Gorbi” and lay roses and carnations in front of the coffin.

A strong police device accompanied the citizens who approached the Casa de los Sindicatos, with fences, security arches along the route.

Already at the entrance, there is a photograph of the deceased politician with two honor guards on each side.

On the first floor, in the Hall of Columns, a large image of Gorbachev with several flower crowns in front of it.

Relatives of the deceased politician were seated to the right of the coffin, behind which was a Russian flag with a black ribbon.

Ahead passed several hundred citizens, both families with small children and teenagers and older people, both Russians and foreigners.

Russian President Vladimir Putin excused himself due to an “agenda item”, but the president said goodbye to Gorbachev on Thursday at the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital where the last Soviet leader died.

At the moment the only foreign president who came to Moscow to say goodbye to who is considered one of the most relevant politicians of the 20th century in the West has been the Hungarian Prime Minister, the ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán.

Ambassadors from the US, UK and Germany, among others, also said goodbye to the father of perestroika.

Among the Russian personalities who wanted to pay tribute to Gorbachev were the Russian journalist Dmitri Murátov, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021, and director of the independent newspaper Nóvaya Gazeta, closed in Russia and that the late politician helped found.

The leader of the party, the head of the space agency Roscosmos, Yuri Borísov, or the defender of the rights of businessmen, Borís Titov, also passed through the House of Trade Unions.

The last Soviet leader will be buried in the afternoon next to his wife, Raísa, who died in 1999, at the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow.

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