Russia’s former PM Yevgeny Primakov passes away
Former Prime minister Yevgeny Primakov passed away in Moscow after a prolonged illness. He was 85.
He had served as PM for just eight months between September 1998 and May 1999.
During his long political career, he also had served as Foreign Minister (1996 to 1998), Speaker of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (in 1989) and chief of the intelligence service. Prior to Gulf war, he had played a prominent role in negotiations with former dictator of Iraq Saddam Hussein.
Primakov was born in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev in 1929 in erstwhile Soviet Union. He had studied Arabic at the Moscow Institute for Oriental Studies. Prior joining politics, he had worked as a journalist for Soviet radio and for Pravda newspaper as a Middle Eastern correspondent.