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Gorbachev Buried in Moscow in Funeral Snubbed by Putin
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Gorbachev Buried in Moscow in Funeral Snubbed by Putin

By JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Russians who came for a last look at former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday mourned both the man and his policies that gave them hope. President Vladimir Putin claimed to be too busy to attend.Gorbachev, who died Tuesday at age 91, launched drastic reforms that helped end the Cold War. But he also precipitated the breakup of the Soviet Union, which Putin had called the 20th century's “greatest geopolitical catastrophe.”The farewell viewing of his body in an ostentatious hall near the Kremlin was shadowed by the awareness that the openness Gorbachev championed has been stifled under Putin.“I want to thank him for my childhood of freedom, which we don’t have today,” said mourner Ilya, a financial services wor...