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Vladimir Putin has come to pay last respects to ex-Defence Minister Marshal Igor Sergeyev
President Vladimir Putin has come to pay last respects to ex-Defence Minister Marshal Igor Sergeyev. The mourning ceremony is taking place in the Cultural Centre of the Russian Armed Forces in Moscow. The coffin with the dead body of Marshal Sergeyev is lying in state in the hall of the Cultural Centre, which is decorated with symbols of mourning. There are numerous wreaths and flowers at the coffin, which were sent by various ministries and agencies and were brought by friends and relatives of the deceased. The Guard of Honour is lined up at the coffin. Deputy Prime Minister, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, Director of the Auditing Chamber Sergei Stepashin, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Yuri Baluyevsky, First Deputy Defence Minister Colonel-General Alexander Byelousov, Deputy Defence Ministers General Nikolai Pankov, General Alexei Moskovsky and General Vladimir Isakov, Commander-In-Chief of the Air Force Vladimir Mikhailov, Commander-In-Chief of the Ground Troops Alexei Maslov and Commander-In-Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Masorin came to pay last respects to Marshal Sergeyev, who died on November 10. Numerous officers of the Russian Armed Forces are passing by the coffin. Representatives of the Federal Assembly, leaders of the Duma factions and senior officials of the defence ministries of the CIS member countries and countries, integrated in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, are also taking part in the mourning ceremony.
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