The fact that the former president of Georgia expired on the 7th of July 2014 has been making headlines all over the world. We are as shocked as the rest of the world since there were always rumors surrounding the former politician that people are out to get his life. We decided that we should bring a trivia article regarding the now President for all of those who weren’t really aware of his biography, his contribution in the Cold War phenomenon most specifically the end of it, and otherwise as a human being. This article will throw light on ten things to know about Eduard Shevardnadze.
10. Being born to being dead
The first thing that we are going to share on our list of ten things to know about Eduard Shevardnadze, we bring to you his basic biography. The politician, who enjoyed an almost equal number of supporters as those who were against him and his policies, was born in the year 1928 which makes him 86 years of age at the time of his death. He was born in the USSR and was married with two kids.
9. Politician from a young age
The next fact that we are about to bring to you regarding the late politician whose birth name, as very few people would know, was Eduard Amvrosievich Shevardnadze, is that the man became a politician at a very young age. He was only 20 years old when he joined the communist party of Russia and that was the start of his political career, in 1948 exactly. He resigned from the communist party in the year 1991 which we believe was a long and dedicated period of time.
8. Enemies and Corruption
The next fact would make you guys understand as to why his death came as a shock. It is being said that his death was the result of a long illness and we totally agree but the remaining factors cannot be completely disregarded. Factors like the several assassination attempts on his life and what not. It is also common knowledge that the white haired man with a gravelly voice (like that of Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series) was thrown out of the parliament and his resignation was just a face to cover public humiliation that forced him to resign. It is also common knowledge that due to his quest for new thinking in global affairs and his constant support of the foreign affairs policy of perestroika, he made several enemies. The least of what they wanted was his life. This was also owed in part to the fact that he had many futile efforts to put an end to corruption and whoever would like that right?
7. Role in the Berlin Wall
The next fact that you people might not be aware of before you read it on our list of ten things to know about Eduard Shevardnadze was that he played a major role in toppling over the Berlin Wall and helped in reuniting Germany, an act that won him many friends in the west.
6. Eduard’s Role in ending the Cold War
Though after the news of his death, the political career is now under the scrutiny of so many people that it is common knowledge that the man resigned in December 1990 as the minister of Foreign Affairs, but not before he had given an open warning about the collapse of the reform. The warning was received by none but in the right fashion, exactly a year later, the Soviet Union collapsed after there was an attempt of a coup against Gorbachev. Although there might not be humongous evidence of the fact but Eduard Shevardnadze played a big role in ending the Cold War (an inevitable fate after the collapse of the Soviet Union). This when put into his own words becomes “I’m proud that I had a part in ending the Cold War , in the reunification of Germany, the destruction of nuclear weapons, disarmament.”
5. Political Controversy
Perhaps the biggest controversy in his political career was his appointment as the foreign minister. It is common knowledge that aside from the fact that Eduard Shevardnadze was practically unknown outside Georgia, he had a total lack of experience for the post of a foreign minister when he was appointed by Mikhail Gorbachev. This happened in the year 1985 but time did tell as history would stand evidence that Eduard made up for his lack for experience through his desire to push via reform.
4. Role in Disarmament and Destruction of Nuclear Weapons
Like we have mentioned before, when it comes to the right choices perhaps Eduard Shevardnadze was not the right one for the post of a foreign minister but this does not devalue the fact that he worked really hard to prove that he was not the wrong choice. One of the many great things about the politician that are unknown to general public is that he played a leading role in the arms agreement and it was this role that reduced the risk of a nuclear war, something we should all be thankful for.
3. Luxury Cars
Next we come to the sort of man that he was, as a person and not a political and public figure. Although the fact that we are about to mention still relates to his political career, it really dampens the claims of those who forced him to resign that he was a corrupt man. As part of the communist group, in the 1970s, he actually waged a personalized war against bureaucracy and introduced free market reforms. This resulted in taking away the luxury cars and villas from many officials, something very few people have the guts to go.
2. Resignation to Avoid Bloodshed
Another aspect of Eduard Shevardnadze’s personality that we would like to bring to light here is his selflessness for the country that he served. Many and almost all politicians are faced with humiliation and threats of assassinations, many are charged with false accusations of corruption but he was the only one who resigned so that there would be no bloodshed. He lived the remainder of his life in a mansion slightly outside of Georgia.
1. Irony of Fate
Last but not the least, Eduard Shevardnadze was blessed with a personality that was very easy going yet charismatic at the same time. He was the rightful leader of Georgia but unfortunately was not aware of some of the harshest political realities. He was a strong advocate of democracy but as fate would have it, the irony was the he was thrown over by democratic people for democratic reasons. Sadly, the definition of the people was very different from the definition of democracy known to Eduard Shevardnadze.