© Reuters. A mourner prays in entrance of a portrait as individuals go to the Anglican Church of St. Andrew to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth on her loss of life, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
By Mikhail Antonov and Lev Sergeev
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin paid respectful tribute to Queen Elizabeth on Friday and dozens of Russians laid flowers on the British embassy, regardless of the dire state of relations between London and Moscow.
“Regardless of what’s going on now, the Queen and the royal home have at all times been the personification of peace and goodness,” mentioned Muscovite Anton Avramets after putting a pink bouquet alongside many others on a wall outdoors the embassy.
His spouse Karina mentioned: “She was one of many strongest leaders of Western nations, and now it is a disgrace the world has misplaced her.”
There have been lighted candles among the many tributes, and one lady made an indication of the cross as she positioned crimson roses on the wall.
Russia’s already poor relations with Britain have worsened sharply for the reason that begin of the battle in Ukraine, and Moscow ceaselessly rails towards British leaders, together with incoming prime minister Liz Truss this week.
But it surely made an exception for the queen; President Vladimir Putin known as her loss of life an “irreparable loss” in a condolence message on Thursday.
His spokesman Dmitry Peskov praised her “knowledge and authority”, including: “Such qualities are in very brief provide on the worldwide stage in the intervening time.”
Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, known as her a logo of historic traditions for the entire of Europe and “an instance of the best tradition”.
The queen was a distant cousin of Russia’s final tsar, Nicholas II, who was murdered together with his household by the Bolsheviks in 1918 and is now revered by the Orthodox Church as a saint.
She visited Russia in 1994, the one reigning British monarch to take action, and hosted Putin for a state go to in 2003 at a time when he was nonetheless seen as a possible associate by the West.
Russians usually known as her “Baba Liza”, an affectionate nickname that interprets as “Granny Liz”.
“It’s unhappy. A brand new epoch in worldwide politics is arriving,” mentioned Artyom, a Moscow resident interviewed close to the Bolshoi Theatre close to the Kremlin.
On the quite a few tv discuss reveals which have develop into ever extra belligerent since Russia deployed its armed forces to Ukraine on Feb. 24, there was little protection of the loss of life.
A mid-afternoon information bulletin centered primarily on the beginning of native elections, and on Putin’s deal with marking the reopening of a conflict memorial within the self-declared Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, a Russian-backed breakaway territory in japanese Ukraine.
On Channel One’s flagship discuss present “Time Will Inform”, a bunch mentioned the queen’s loss of life was unlikely to affect the disposition of Western nations, together with Britain. “That will probably be determined right here, within the Donbas (japanese Ukraine).”
Some Muscovites shared the sentiment.
Outdoors the Bolshoi, Tatiana, who declined to present her final title, mentioned: “‘Nicely completed’ to her that she lived so lengthy. However all the identical, I did not hear a lot (about her). That is why it means nothing to me.”