Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dmitry Muratov named Mikhail Gorbachev's main services to the country and the world. According to him, the first and last president of the USSR made an “incredible gift”, the likes of which will never be seen again .jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
First President of the USSR, Nobel laureate Peace Prize Mikhail Gorbachev gave the world 30 years of peace, wrote in an obituary on the Novaya Gazeta website its editor-in-chief, also a Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov. In his opinion, such a gift will not be repeated.
“But he gave both the country and the world an incredible gift: he gave us 30 years of peace. Without the threat of global and nuclear war. Who else is capable of this? But. The gift is over. The gift is no more. And there will be no more gifts,— says the obituary.
According to Muratov, Gorbachev despised war and “real-politician” and believed that “the time for solving issues of world order by force had passed.”
“He believed in the choice of nations. He released political prisoners. Stopped the war in Afghanistan and the nuclear arms race. He told me that he refused to press the nuclear attack button even in training! writes the editor-in-chief of Novaya.
Muratov also attributed the bloodless farewell to communism to Gorbachev's merits. “He was constantly reproached by the supporters of the empire that he had given away Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland. He once replied with indescribable sarcasm: “Who did I give it to? Germany— the Germans. Poland— Poles, Czech Republic— Czechs. And who needed it?»,— Muratov recalls.
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Gorbachev died on the evening of August 30 in Moscow after a severe and prolonged illness. The Gorbachev Foundation reported that the funeral would take place at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow. “Mikhail Sergeevich will be buried, as he bequeathed, next to his wife Raisa at the Novodevichy cemetery,” — said the interlocutor of TASS. Raisa Gorbacheva died in September 1999, they have been married since 1953. The date of the funeral will be determined by the family, the foundation specified.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on the morning of August 31 that the decision to hold a state funeral for Gorbachev had not yet been made. “While I can’t say for sure, today this issue will be dealt with, no decisions have been made yet. You need to be patient here, — said a Kremlin spokesman.
When asked whether President Vladimir Putin attended Gorbachev's funeral, the spokesman said: “We don't know yet what the procedure will be, it will depend from the wishes of relatives and friends, there is no information on this yet».