Europe The controversial legacy of former Soviet Foreign Minister Shevardnadze

The Stalin-era leader died today. He helped negotiate an end to the cold war and was later forced to step down as president of Georgia.

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Eduard Shevardnadze, who passed away today, was widely acclaimed as the Soviet foreign minister under Mikhail Gorbachev who helped negotiate an end to the Cold War, and, at a critical moment, took a strong stand for democracy in the USSR.