February 5, 2023

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In Moscow, Mikhail Gorbachev’s cheap funeral

On Saturday, September 3, thousands of Russians paid their last respects to Mikhail Gorbachev in the great columned hall of the House of Trade Unions, a few hundred meters from the Kremlin wall. The tradition is somewhat respected, as the protocol resembles the earlier funerals of Soviet leaders. Two soldiers in full dress flank the coffin of the last Soviet leader, who died on August 30 at the age of 91. Three soldiers from the Kremlin guard, guns slung over their shoulders and calves high, formed a guard of honor between the civilians and the dead. No Orthodox symbols were visible, but a priest recited a short prayer.

Some key differences reveal both the historical significance of the last president of the Soviet Union, the nature of the current regime, and their apparent incompatibility. For the head of state to be so eloquent – a historic first – it shows disdain for the man and his political heritage. Vladimir Putin has refused to hold a state funeral “Elements”As reported by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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Condolences sent by Putin to the family of the deceased “Maximum Drought”Mikhail Shevchuk notes on the site Republicand not included “There is no epithet about Gorbachev, nothing as friendly as the telegram sent to Daria Duguina’s relatives. [égérie nationaliste et fille de l’idéologue ultraconservateur Alexandre Douguine, assassinée le 20 août] It had so many kind words, it was amazing. Putin writes about her that she is a Russian patriot with a true Russian heart, and Gorbachev is a statesman..

Hated for his “weakness”.

Mikhail Gorbachev was the one who broke the KGB’s grip on the country, from which Vladimir Putin and his close associates come. As for the big Russian nationalists, the hawks of the regime, the former general secretary is indeed hated “Weakness”This, according to them, allowed the countries of the Warsaw Pact and the socialist republics (including Ukraine) to escape Moscow’s black tiger.

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The Russian political elite boycotted the ceremony, following a mute instruction from the Kremlin master. With the exception of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2008-2012), today he is only the deputy director of the Russian Security Council. During his mandate towards rapprochement with the West and the country’s modernization, in 2011, Mikhail Gorbachev presented the country’s highest civilian award, the Andrei Pervozvanniy Order, to his 80th birthday. On Saturday Mr. Medvedev’s presence is less obvious, with the former president trying to cement his place among regime hawks in recent months by multiplying his bellicose and hostile statements against Ukraine and the West.

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