Eduard Shevardnadze
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Georgian ex-President Eduard Shevardnadze dies at 86

Former Georgia President Eduard Shevardnadze has died aged 86.

His aide Marina Davitashvili said he had passed away on Monday after a long illness.

In 1992 he became the head of state of Georgia after it broke away from the Soviet Union.

He led the country out of instability and civil war, but in November 2003 was toppled in the "Rose Revolution" sparked by opposition allegations of irregularities in parliamentary polls.

Pavel Bandakov from the BBC's Russian Service looked back at his life.

  • 07 Jul 2014
  • From the section Europe