Former Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin was honoured in a full military funeral in Moscow on Tuesday (23 December) and his ashes placed in a niche in the Kremlin wall.
GV Red Square with thousand of people linking route of funeral procession (2 shots)
GV Military vehicles, one carrying Kosygin's ashes lead procession escorted by soldiers through Red Square (3 shots)
GV Crowd with some people holding photographs of Kosygin (2 shots)
SV Brezhnev with other Soviet officials on dias watching parade and line of soldiers in front of crowd (2 shots)
GV Pall bearers including Brezhnev carry ashes 93 shots
GV Kosygin's ashes being placed in niche in Kremlin wall with Soviet officials saluting (2 shots)
CU Plaque on wall showing Kosygin's name. Kosygin's photograph at base of plaque with two soldiers standing guard.
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Background: Former Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin was honoured in a full military funeral in Moscow on Tuesday (23 December) and his ashes placed in a niche in the Kremlin wall. President Leonid Brezhnev and Mr. Kosygin's successor Nikolai Tikhonov were among the thousands of mourners who attended the funeral service which opened with a procession through Red Square.
SYNOPSIS: The funeral service was held amid tight security. Central Moscow was closed to cars and pedestrians and only people with special passes were allowed anywhere near Red Square.
The service began with senior military officers marching into the square carrying giant wreaths. Close behind was an armoured scout car drawing a red-draped gun carriage with a black urn containing Mr. Kosygin's ashes. His body had been cremated during the night after a day lying in state.
A huge crowd watched on as a small military parade made its way into the Square.
Mr. Brezhnev, Mr. Tikhonov and other Soviet officials watched proceedings from the Lenin mausoleum. Later, the two leaders acted as pall-bearers, escorting the former Prime Minister's ashes from the gun carriage to the base of the Kremlin wall. The pall-bearers were led by Mr. Kikhonov who took over from Mr. Kosygin in October when the 76-year-old leader stepped down through ill health.
Mr. Tikhonov closed the funeral service by placing the urn of ashes in a special niche in the Kremlin wall, reserved as the last resting places of only the highest ranking Soviet officials. In a eulogy to his predecessor, he described Mr. Kosygin as an economic organiser who had been a true son of the Soviet State.