Mr Gorbachev was admired in the West for his role in ending the Cold War, but reviled by many in Russia for the huge poverty and economic woes that followed the
breakup of the Soviet Union.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, revered in the West for his role in ending the Cold War, is being laid to rest in a low-key ceremony in Russia after his death aged 91.
The Kremlin has refused to declare a state funeral – a reflection of its uneasiness about the legacy of a man whose reforms precipitated the break-up of the Soviet Union – and President Vladimir Putin snubbed the event.
While Mr Gorbachev was venerated worldwide for bringing down the Iron Curtain, he was reviled by many at home for the Soviet collapse and the ensuing economic meltdown that plunged millions into poverty.
Foreign leaders are not thought to have been invited, but one – Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban – was present for the service.
On Thursday, President Putin privately laid flowers at Mr Gorbachev’s coffin at the Moscow hospital where he died after a long illness.