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Crowds of Russians line up to bid farewell to Mikhail Gorbachev

Hundreds of Russian citizens lined up near the Kremlin on Saturday to pay tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who was widely admired in the West for reforms that ended the repression of the communist dictatorship that reigned for much of century in his country.

To the surprise of many, Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, received a public funeral, with honors similar to the of other heads of state. Due to the history of criticism that the current Russian President Vladimir Putin had towards the ex-mandatory, even his visit was not planned, however, this Thursday, Putin appeared to say a final goodbye to the last of the Soviet leaders. The authorities also opened the possibility for the entire population to approach Gorbachev’s coffin in the imposing Hall of Columns, within sight of the Kremlin, where former Soviet leaders were veiled.

Gorbachev became a hero to many in the West for allowing Eastern Europe to free itself from more than four decades of Soviet communist control, allowing for the reunification of East and West Germany, and forging arms control treaties with the United States.

However, when the 15 Soviet republics availed themselves of the same liberties to demand their independence, Gorbachev was powerless to prevent the collapse of the Union in 1991, six years after become your leader. For that, and for the economic chaos that his “perestroika” liberalization program unleashed, many Russian nationalists could not forgive him.

Hundreds of Russian citizens lined up near the Kremlin this Saturday to pay tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who was widely admired in the West for the reforms that put an end to the repression of the communist dictatorship that prevailed for much of the 20th century in his country.

To the surprise of many, Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, was given a public funeral, with honors similar to those of other heads of state. Due to the history of criticism that the current Russian President Vladimir Putin had towards the ex-mandatory, even his visit was not planned, however, this Thursday, Putin appeared to say a final goodbye to the last of the Soviet leaders. The authorities also opened the possibility for the entire population to approach Gorbachev’s coffin in the imposing Hall of Columns, within sight of the Kremlin, where former Soviet leaders were veiled.

Gorbachev became a hero to many in the West for allowing Eastern Europe to free itself from more than four decades of Soviet communist control, allowing for the reunification of East and West Germany, and forging arms control treaties with the United States.

However, when the 15 Soviet republics availed themselves of the same liberties to demand their independence, Gorbachev was powerless to prevent the collapse of the Union in 1991, six years after become your leader. For that, and for the economic chaos that his “perestroika” liberalization program unleashed, many Russian nationalists could not forgive him.

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