Former Soviet Foreign Minister Edward Shevardnadze told Emory Univeristy graduates Monday that socialism in his country was a mistake that can be corrected.
"A great scholar once said that in science only that is true which is also beautiful," he said. Soviet leaders "became convinced of this by observing our own example of the state of the society of the socialism which we constructed, and which was ugly, and which turned out to be wrong."Shevardnadze urged Emory's 2,660 graduates in a commencement speech to take note of the sweeping changes in Eastern Europe during the past five years and to realize they could not have occurred without the policy of perestroika.
His granddaughter, Tamuna Mosashivili, is a freshman at Emory.