A file picture taken on June 15, 2007 shows President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yevgeny Primakov smiling as he holds a glass of Georgian brandy during a visit to a strong drinks factory in Tbilisi. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV
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Yevgeny Primakov, a former Russian prime minister, foreign minister and spymaster, has died, the Kremlin said on Friday.Primakov, whose political career began in the Soviet era, was 85 .Out of government, Primakov aligned himself with a left-leaning political bloc and indicated he would run in the 2000 presidential election, but dropped out when Kremlin powerbrokers united around the bid of Vladimir Putin.In a 2003 reprise of his mission to Iraq before the first Gulf War, Primakov met Saddam Hussein at Putin's request for last-ditch peace talks.
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