Eduard A. Shevardnadze, Soviet foreign minister under Gorbachev, dies at 86

By Adam Bernstein, July 8, 2014

Eduard A. Shevardnadze, who died July 7 at 86, was called the “White Fox” as much for his diplomatic skill as for his silver hair.

As foreign minister under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s, Mr. Shevardnadze nimbly faced down hard-line opponents in the Kremlin and set reforms in motion that led to one of the most momentous political transitions of the 20th century: the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russia’s entry into an often turbulent democratic era.

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