Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze passes away

The former president was 86 years old - he was born on January 25, 1928.

Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze passed away on Monday, his press office told Interfax.

The former president was 86 years old - he was born on January 25, 1928.

Shevardnadze worked as interior minister of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, first secretary of the Georgian Communist Party Central Committee and foreign minister of the Soviet Union. Shevardnadze was Georgian president in 1995-2003.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences over the death of Eduard Shevardnadze.

Read more: Can Putin and Poroshenko make peace?

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