Hundreds of people gathered at the House of Unions in Moscow to say goodbye to M. Gorbachev, many of them carrying flowers.
He will be buried in the Novodevichy cemetery, next to his wife Raisa. However, a state funeral ceremony will not be held for M. Gorbachev, unlike for former Russian President Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007).
Although Western politicians have praised Gorbachev for the reunification of Germany and the peaceful end of the Cold War, he is viewed ambivalently in Russia, and many Russians believe that he was responsible for the collapse of the USSR.
Although Gorbachev is revered in London, Paris and Berlin, Western leaders will not attend the funeral as relations with Moscow have soured since Russia launched a war against Ukraine.
At the time, the former president Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday he had come to pay his respects to the last head of the Soviet Union.
At a time when efforts are being made to isolate Russia over its war in Ukraine, the only major foreign official to announce his attendance at the funeral is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Before the war in Ukraine, V. Orban maintained extremely friendly relations with V. Putin, and Hungary is the only European country that has increased its natural gas imports from Russia since the beginning of the war.
However, the Kremlin announced that V. Orban does not plan to meet with V. Putin during this trip.
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