The funeral of the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will take place on Saturday

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The funeral of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachevwho died in Moscow on Tuesday at the age of 91, will take place on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing Gorbachev’s daughter and a spokesperson for his foundation.

It will be held in the famous Hall of Columns inside Moscow’s House of Trade Unions, the agencies reported, the same place where Josef Stalin’s body was laid out after his death in 1953.

The service will be open to the public and Gorbachev will then be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery, TASS news agency quoted Gorbachev Foundation press officer Vladimir Polyakov as saying.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin would soon decide whether Gorbachev would have a state funeral.

The RIA news agency then quoted Pavel Palazchenko, head of media relations at the Gorbachev Foundation, as saying that the ceremony in the Hall of Columns would be organized by the protocol department of the Putin administration.

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Aug 31 (Reuters) – The funeral of the Soviet Union’s last leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died in Moscow on Tuesday at the age of 91, will take place on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing Gorbachev’s daughter and a spokesperson for his foundation.

It will be held in the famous Hall of Columns inside Moscow’s House of Trade Unions, the agencies reported, the same place where Josef Stalin’s body was laid out after his death in 1953.
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The service will be open to the public and Gorbachev will then be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery, TASS news agency quoted Gorbachev Foundation press officer Vladimir Polyakov as saying.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin would soon decide whether Gorbachev would have a state funeral.

The RIA news agency then quoted Pavel Palazchenko, head of media relations at the Gorbachev Foundation, as saying that the ceremony in the Hall of Columns would be organized by the protocol department of the Putin administration.
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“There is no information on whether this is considered a state funeral or not,” he told RIA.

Many high-ranking politicians, intellectuals, poets and royals have been buried in Novodevichy Cemetery since its inception in the 16th century, including Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first president and Gorbachev’s political rival.

It is also the final resting place of Gorbachev’s wife, Raisa, who died in 1999. Nikita Khrushchev is the only other Soviet leader buried there, with most others interred near the Kremlin walls in Red Square.

When Yeltsin died in 2007, he was buried with full state honors. President Vladimir Putin, his successor, declared a day of national mourning.

TASS reported that Peskov said the Kremlin would announce later whether Putin would attend the funeral.

Putin earlier on Wednesday sent Gorbachevto the relatives of his condolences by telegram. The Kremlin hailed the late politician as an extraordinary global statesman who helped end the Cold War, but was gravely mistaken about the prospect of a rapprochement with the “bloodthirsty” West.

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