FORMER SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER DEAD AT 86

Jul 07, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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One of the men who played a major role in toppling of the Berlin Wall and ending the Cold War, has died at the age of 86. Eduard Shevardnadze was the Soviet foreign minister in the final years of the USSR and later served as president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Shevardnadze took a major and successful role on the international stage in the final years of the Soviet empire, helping bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989. But, as the leader of Georgia, his career in the public eye ended in humiliation when he was chased out of the Georgian parliament and forced into retirement. Shevardnadze died Monday after a long illness.

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