Eduard Shevardnadze

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Eduard Shevardnadze (born 25 January 1928) is a Georgian politician. He served as President of Georgia from 1995 until 2003. Prior to Georgian independence from the USSR, he served as Soviet Foreign Minister.

  • "In times of crisis, I always believe one should be where the people are."
    • While standing on a tank outisde the Parliament building in Moscow during the August 1991 coup.
  • "Corruption has its own motivations, and one has to thoroughly study that phenomenon and eliminate the foundations that allow corruption to exist."
  • "You know, to address crowds and make promises does not require very much brains."
  • "It is time to realize that neither socialism, nor friendship, nor good-neighborliness, nor respect can be produced by bayonets, tanks or blood."