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

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

MOSCOWFormer 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 one-time empire.

Mr. Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, died Tuesday at age 91 at Moscows central clinical hospital carrying out a lengthy illness.

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