Russian Spymaster-Statesman Primakov Dies at 85

Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. He helped restore stability after an economic crash in 1998 and shifted the focus of foreign policy away from the West. A former Soviet Communist apparatchik, Primakov went on to become a spymaster and foreign minister who was seen abroad as a hawk but was revered in Russia as a statesman and crisis manager.

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