In Moscow started the civil funeral of Vitaly Churkin

Farewell ceremony with the deceased in new York by the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin began in great mourning hall of the Central clinical hospital in Moscow. It is reported by RIA Novosti.

To say goodbye to Churkin came his colleagues at the Ministry of foreign Affairs, deputies and senators, foreign diplomats. Near the tomb are soldiers of honor.

The head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov handed over to the widow of Ambassador Irina Churkinoj the order of Courage, which he was awarded posthumously by the decree of President Vladimir Putin. Diplomat, will be buried at 13:00 Moscow time at the cemetery Troekurov.

Charge d’affaires of Russia to the UN in connection with the death Churkin appointed his first Deputy Pyotr Ilyich. It will occupy this position until the appointment of a new Ambassador to the world organization.

Churkin died in new York on 20 February, the day before your 65th birthday. According to the newspaper The New York Post, the diplomat and her condition worsened due to “heart problems”, he was taken in critical condition to a hospital, but doctors were unable to save him. He worked as Russia’s Ambassador to the UN since 2006.