Kremlin video: Putin says goodbye to Gorbachev's coffin in a very matter-of-fact manner

The whole video lasts 38 seconds.

Kremlin video: Putin says goodbye to Gorbachev's coffin in a very matter-of-fact manner

The whole video lasts 38 seconds. It shows Russian President Vladimir Putin entering the small memorial hall at the Central Hospital in Moscow to pay his last respects to former head of state and party leader Michael Gorbachev. The deceased is laid out in an open coffin, as is Russian tradition. Gorbachev died on Tuesday at the age of 91.

Putin carries a bouquet of red roses, which he places on the edge of the coffin. He pauses for a few moments, looks at Gorbachev's portrait again, bows, grasps the coffin and crosses himself. Then it's over. The staging seems factual and concise, but can be considered standard.

It is something else that Putin stays away from the funeral service. That says more about what Putin and many in Russia think of Gorbachev: not much, or even less. For many Russians he is considered the undertaker of the great Soviet Union. In the telegram to the family, Putin left it open how he assessed the influence and work of the deceased. Mikhail Gorbachev "was a politician and statesman who had a tremendous influence on the course of world history". These are rather general words. They are probably due to politeness, like the visit to the open coffin in the video, but hardly benevolent.

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