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Ex-Soviet minister and Georgia leader Shevardnadze dies

Jul 08, 2014    

TBILISI (Reuters) - Eduard Shevardnadze, who as Soviet Foreign Minister helped bring down the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War, died on Monday after a long illness.Shevardnadze, who was 86, went on to lead his native Georgia in the stormy early years after independence before being ousted in street protests.Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who picked Shevardnadze as a break from the Soviet Union's old guard of apparatchiks, expressed sorrow over the passing of a "friend".He described Shevardnadze, whose shock of white hair and wily diplomacy earned him the nickname "the Silver F...

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