Alexander Solzhenitsyn has been buried in a Russian Orthodox ceremony in Moscow. It had all the trappings of a state funeral and included goose-stepping honor guards and a religious choir singing solemn dirges.
The Nobel Prize-winning author who chronicled the horrors of Soviet slave labor camps died Sunday at age 89 from a chronic heart condition.
He was buried according to his will at Moscow's Donskoi Monastery, where famous Russian cultural figures have been laid to rest since the 18th century.
As pallbearers lowered the casket into the ground, a military band and gun salute briefly drowned out the sound of a Russian Orthodox hymn. Priests in white robes sang alongside Solzhenitsyn's wife and children.