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Ex-Soviet minister and Georgia leader Shevardnadze dies

Published on Jul 7, 2014 5:04 PM
Former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze who helped end the Cold War in his capacity as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister, died on Monday aged 86. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TBILISI (REUTERS) - Eduard Shevardnadze, who died on Monday, helped remake the world as the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union, only to be bundled from power, pale and confused, by the democratic forces his work had unleashed.

Charm and quick wit set Shevardnadze apart from his predecessors as the Soviet Union's face to the world.

He was a wily and bruising political operator, one of the intellectual fathers of Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of"perestroika" (restructuring) who helped oversee the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989.

Shevardnadze was also instrumental in the unification of Germany.

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