The Boss of Smolensky Square

If Gorbachev is the architect of foreign policy, Shevardnadze is the master builder

Eduard Amvroseyevich Shevardnadze begins his work day the moment he climbs into his black ZIL limousine for the 15-minute ride from his suburban dacha to downtown Moscow. Speeding along the boulevards of the Soviet capital, he telephones the Foreign Ministry for a summary of international news. By the time he arrives at the pinnacled Stalinist skyscraper in Smolensky Square just before 9 a.m., he has been briefed on events and can plunge immediately into the pile of diplomatic cables and documents awaiting him in his seventh-floor office.

Every minute counts these days for Shevardnadze, 61, who combines the duties of Foreign...

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