Georgia's former President Eduard Shevardnadze speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Tbilisi in this October 24, 2007. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Tributes poured in from friends and foes Monday after the death of former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister.Shevardnadze left the country mired in poverty and chaos and remained a polarizing figure until his last days.University Professor Gia Nodia said Shevardnadze helped the country ride out the turbulence of the first post-Soviet years.Shevardnadze spent his final years in seclusion in his private residence outside Tbilisi, surrounded by photos of old friends and past glories.Shevardnadze told AFP in 2009 that he wanted to be laid to rest in his own garden, next to the grave of his beloved wife Nanuli, whose death he called the "most tragic event" of his life.
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