I remember hearing his name a long time ago when I was a kid but I had no idea who he was.
Now I do. :)
Wikipedia has a pretty good article on Eduard Shevardnadze’ life.
Note in particular George Soros’ involvement in Shevardnadze being removed from power in Georgia, tho’ to be fair, Shevardnadze’ own inability to keep corruption in his inner circle to tolerable levels was the major factor in his downfall...