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Eduard Shevardnadze: From Cold War Hero To Fallen Leader

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Georgian president and Soviet foreign minister, died on July 7 at the age of 86. This is a look at the political career of the man who was considered a hero in the West for helping end the Cold War as the last Soviet foreign minister but who suffered a dramatic fall from grace as president of his native Georgia.

Eduard Shevardnadze in 1972 as the newly elected leader of the Central Committee of the Georgian Communist Party
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Eduard Shevardnadze in 1972 as the newly elected leader of the Central Committee of the Georgian Communist Party

Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Eduard Shevardnadze at a 1981 meeting in Tbilisi dedicated to the 60th anniverary of the establishment of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.
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Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Eduard Shevardnadze at a 1981 meeting in Tbilisi dedicated to the 60th anniverary of the establishment of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and other officials welcome U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1988 in Moscow.
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Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and other officials welcome U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1988 in Moscow.

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze meets with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1989 in London.
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Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze meets with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1989 in London.

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