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

MOSCOW—Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was laid to relaxation Saturday in a subdued farewell, leaving a divisive legacy over whether or not he was the liberator or destroyer of a one-time empire.

Mr. Gorbachev, the eighth and remaining chief of the Soviet Union, died Tuesday at age 91 at Moscow’s central medical hospital following a prolonged sickness.

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