Latest News Wires Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped to free Warsaw Pact nations, passes away

The former Soviet foreign minister worked with both Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin as Russia moved away from communism in the late 20th century.

By , Associated Press


Eduard Shevardnadze was a key figure in revolutions abroad and the victim of one at home. As the Soviet Union's foreign minister, he helped 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 when he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement.