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Russia: Muscovites lay flowers at Gorbachev’s grave on anniversary of former president’s death

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Moscow residents paid their respects and laid flowers at the grave of former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev at Novodevichy Cemetery on Wednesday, marking the first anniversary of his passing.

The first – and last – president of the USSR died in Moscow on August 30, 2022, at the age of 91.

During his tenure, he implemented several reforms aimed at liberalising the economy and public life after rising to power in 1985.

He saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, ended the Cold War and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Gorbachev resigned in 1991, ahead of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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