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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eduard Shevardnadze: From Cold War Hero To Fallen Leader

Published 7 July 2014

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


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.


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


Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze flanks Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at a 1987 news conference in Washington.


Eduard Shevardnadze announces his resignation as Soviet foreign minister at the 1990 Congress of People's Deputies in Moscow.


President Eduard Shevardnadze tours the combat zone during the 1993 Georgian-Abkhaz war.


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze being treated for injuries sustained in a bomb attack on his motorcade in 1995 in Tbilisi.


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze visits Boris Yeltsin at the Russian president's summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 1994.


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze gestures during a news conference in Tbilisi in 1998.


Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma shakes hands with his Georgian counterpart Eduard Shevardnadze on arrival in Tbilisi in 2000.


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze toasts with a glass of freshly extracted oil as he visits an oil field in Taribana near Tbilisi, during his 2000 election campaign.


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze speaks to his wife Nanuli as their daughter Manana, two granddaughters, and daughter-in-law stand behind them during the 2000 presidential inauguration ceremony in Tbilisi.


Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2002.


President Eduard Shevardnadze minutes before being driven out of the parliament chamber by angered opposition leaders in November 2003.


Former President Eduard Shevardnadze speaks to RFE/RL's Tbilisi Bureau Chief Marina Vashakmadze in October 2009.