Shevarnadze, Eduard Amvrosievich
Born Jan. 25, 1928, in the village of Mamati, Lanchkhuti Raion, Georgian SSR. Soviet party and state figure. Member of the CPSU since 1948.
The son of a teacher, Shevarnadze graduated from the party school of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Georgia (CPG) in 1951 and from the department of history at the Kutaisi Pedagogical Institute in 1960. He began performing Komsomol and party work in 1946. He was second secretary of the Central Committee of the Komsomol of Georgia in 1956 and 1957 and first secretary from 1957 to 1961. From 1961 to 1963 he served as first secretary of the Mtskheta raion committee of the CPG, and in 1963 and 1964 he was first secretary of the Pervomaiskii raion (Tbilisi) committee.
Shevarnadze became first deputy minister for the protection of public order in 1964 and minister in 1965. After the administrative reorganization in 1968, he served as minister of internal affairs of the Georgian SSR. In 1972 he became first secretary of the Tbilisi city committee of the CPG, and in September of the same year he became first secretary of the Central Committee of the CPG.
From 1958 to 1962, Shevarnadze was a member of the Central Committee of the All-Union Komsomol, and between 1959 and 1961 he was a candidate member and member of the bureau of the Central Committee. Shevarnadze was a member of the Central Committee of the CPG from 1958 to 1964 and was elected a member again in 1966. In 1972 he was named to the bureau of the Central Committee of the CPG. In 1976, Shevarnadze became a member of the Central Committee of the CPSU. He became a candidate member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1978. He served as a deputy to the ninth convocation of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.
Shevarnadze has been awarded three Orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and various medals.