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Georgia's flamboyant reformer Kakha Bendukidze dies

Georgian statesman Kakha Bendukidze,pictured in 2004, the architect of the ex-Soviet republic's liberal economic reforms who was advising Ukraine's new president, has died aged 58, officials said FridayGeorgian statesman Kakha Bendukidze — a top aide to Ukraine’s president and a respected champion of economic reforms in his own ex-Soviet republic — has died in London aged 58, supporters said on Friday. British police said Bendukidze was pronounced dead on Thursday after being found lifeless in a London hotel. Bendukidze recently underwent minor cardiac surgery in Switzerland but was not showing any signs of serious illness, a colleague at the Free University in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Vato Lezhava, told AFP. Since May, Bendukidze had been advising Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on ways to overhaul Ukraine’s conflict-wracked economy.

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