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Mikhail Gorbachev laid to rest in Moscow

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Moscow: The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was buried at Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery on Saturday.

He was buried next to his wife Raisa who died in 1999.

According to BBC, thousands of people in Russia paid their final respects to Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader who brought the Cold War to a peaceful end.

Gorbachev, who oversaw the end of the USSR, was not given a state funeral.

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not attend the funeral citing his busy schedule.

Putin laid flowers at coffin at a Moscow hospital where he died on Tuesday at the age of 91.

Gorbachev came to power in 1985 and subsequently introduced bold reforms and opened the USSR to the world. However, he was not able to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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