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Eduard Shevardnadze, ex-leader of independent Georgia, dies at 86
Eduard Shevardnadze, ex-leader of independent Georgia, dies at 86

Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday after a long illness, his spokeswoman said. He was 86. Marina Davitashvili did not say where he died. Shevardnadze swept heroically across the international stage in the final years of the Soviet empire, helping topple the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War, but as the leader of post-Soviet Georgia his career in the public eye ended in humiliation and he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement. As Soviet foreign minister, the white-haired man with a gravelly voice was the diplomatic face of Mikhail Gorbachev's liberalizing policies of...

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