Gorbachev: Vladimir Putin will miss former Soviet leader’s funeral


Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Putin’s work schedule will not allow him to participate in Gorbachev’s farewell ceremony on September 3,” adding that the Russian president visited the Central Clinical Hospital today to pay his respects to Gorbachev and flowers at the ceremony. to put a box.

A farewell ceremony for Gorbachev, which will be open to the public, will take place on Saturday, followed by the funeral later the same day at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery.

It is unclear whether Gorbachev, who is credited with helping end the Cold War, will be honored with a state funeral. In stark contrast to the Kremlin’s actions after the death of former president Boris Yeltsin in 2007, the Russian government did not disclose plans for a state funeral when it issued a statement Wednesday about Gorbachev’s death.

“There will be elements of a state funeral,” Peskov said on Thursday. “There will be a guard of honor and a farewell ceremony will be organized. The state will help with the organization,” he added, without explaining or detailing how this would differ from ordinary state funerals.

Gorbachev will be buried next to his wife Raisa, who died in 1999, Russian state media RIA Novosti said earlier this week, citing the Gorbachev foundation. The historic cemetery is the final resting place of many notable Russians, including writers Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, and Nikolai Gogol, composers Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, and former leaders Yeltsin and Nikita Khrushchev.

Gorbachev has become more critical of Putin and his increasingly restrictive regime in recent years, as he traveled the world promoting freedom of expression and democracy as part of his foundation. Meanwhile, Putin blamed Gorbachev for the demise of the USSR, which he considers the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century.

And while Gorbachev himself did not comment on Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, his foundation called for peace negotiations, saying, “There is nothing more precious in the world than human lives.”

Only a handful of modern Russian leaders were denied state funerals. The last to be denied the honor was Khrushchev, who was ousted in 1964 after his attempts to roll back Stalinist reforms and who died after living in seclusion in 1971. His funeral was kept in semi-secret because Soviet authorities were concerned about protests.

Putin’s response to Gorbachev’s death could not have been any different than after the death of Yeltsin, the man who chose him as his successor when he was a little-known former KGB agent.

When Yeltsin died in 2007, Putin almost immediately set up a special commission charged with organizing a state funeral, proclaiming a day of national mourning and flying flags at half-mast.

All Russian TV and radio stations were advised to cancel the entertainment programs and ordered to broadcast the funeral live. Dozens of foreign dignitaries and former world leaders attended, including former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former British and Canadian Prime Ministers John Major and Jean Chrétien, and former German President Horst Koehler.

World leaders mourn death of last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Meanwhile, Gorbachev is unlikely to have many foreign VIP guests at his funeral.

In retaliation for Western sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia over the war against Ukraine, Moscow has banned hundreds of foreign officials from entering Russia.

The long list of leaders currently banned from the country includes US President, President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his predecessor Theresa May, as well as his likely successor. Liz Truss, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and many others.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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