Thursday, September 23, 1999 Published at 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Raisa laid to rest
Mikhail Gorbachev bids a final farewell to his wife
Raisa Gorbachev, wife of the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, has been buried in Moscow.
Mrs Gorbachev died of leukaemia in a hospital in Münster, Germany, on Monday, at the age of 67.
A last blessing was read by Archbishop Yuvenali of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The BBC's William Horsley, who was at the funeral, said Mr Gorbachev looked pale and slightly stooped as he walked side by side with his daughter, Irina, and Raisa's sister, Lyudmila Titorenko.
Among those at the graveside was Naina Yeltsin, wife of the Russian leader, Boris Yeltsin. Correspondents say her presence signalled a move towards reconciliation between Mr Yeltsin and his Kremlin predecessor after many years of rivalry.
Mr Yeltsin provided the aircraft to take Mrs Gorbachev's body back to Russia, and gave permission for her burial.
Helmut Kohl, who made a speech at the graveside, said that Mikhail Gorbachev's contribution to world peace and the reunification of Germany would not have been possible without the support of Raisa.
Mrs Gorbachev was unpopular while her husband was in power, but won public sympathy when it was announced she was suffering from leukaemia.
Mrs Gorbachev had been receiving treatment in Münster for two months. Mr Gorbachev was by her side throughout her illness.
The couple were detained for three days in their official holiday retreat in Foros, on the Crimean coast.
Shortly afterwards Mrs Gorbachev suffered a stroke and spent 18 days in hospital.