Russians bid farewell to Mikhail Gorbachev, but without Vladimir Putin
After several hours the coffin was taken out of the hall in a procession led by Dmitry Muratov, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning editor-in-chief of independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which Gorbachev helped found.
But many in Russia despised him for the economic chaos and loss of global influence that followed the Soviet collapse.
Hungary’s Viktor Orban in attendance
The only senior foreign figure to attend was Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who laid flowers at the casket.
Known affectionately in the West as “Gorby”, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
Berlin flags at half-mast
He was not an “absolutely ideal politician”, she said, but was “a great reformer, and a person who acted in accordance with their conscience and knew how to admit mistakes”.