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Mikhail Gorbachev, the First and Last President of the U.S.S.R., Laid to Rest

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Mourners lined up to pay their respects to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was laid to rest Saturday in a subdued farewell. He left behind a divisive legacy over his role in dismantling the Soviet Union. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/Zuma Press

MOSCOW—Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was laid to rest Saturday in a subdued farewell, leaving a divisive legacy over whether he was the liberator or destroyer of a onetime empire.

Mr. Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, died Tuesday at age 91 at Moscow’s central clinical hospital following a lengthy illness.

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