Gorbachev, funeral ceremony in Moscow

Huge queue outside the Hall of Columns of the Chamber of Unions for the farewell to the last president of the USSR

The funeral ceremony for Mikhail Gorbachev, who passed away on August 30 at the age of 92, began in Moscow in the Hall of Columns of the Chamber of Trade Unions. This was reported by the Russian agency Interfax, which describes a huge line at the entrance of the historic Moscow palace, with hundreds of people with flowers in line. A large black and white portrait of the last president of the USSR is placed at the coffin, Gorbachev’s state honors are on display, and an honor guard is on duty. There are many wreaths with mourning ribbons in the hall.

Famous politicians, journalists, actors, public figures, including those with whom Gorbachev was friends, and representatives of the diplomatic corps came for the last farewell. As is known, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be at the funeral. Among the leaders of Western countries, only the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced his participation in the ceremony.

Other European countries have previously announced that they will not send representatives of their governments to Gorbachev’s funeral. They will be represented by ambassadors and other diplomats. Gorbachev will be buried in the Novodevichy cemetery, where his wife Raisa rests.