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Ion Iliescu

After the 1989 Revolution, Iliescu ( born 1930) became the leader of the National Salvation Front, the organization that came into power in Romania in the aftermath of the communist regime’s demise. He was elected president of the country three times: 1990, 1992, and 2000. His political career started within the Central Committee of UCY in 1949. He was the leader of the Romanian students in Moscow, where he completed his higher education. As chairman of the Union of the Student Associations in Romania he was involved in the repression against students in late 1950s. He held, starting with 1960, various leadership positions within the agitation and propaganda department of the RCP Central Committee. He was first secretary of the UCY Central Committee (1967-1971) and minister dealing with youth problems. By mid 1970s, he was gradually demoted to positions such first secretary of the Iasi county party committee or, in mid-1980s, head of the Technical Publishing House. Iliescu never challenged Ceausescu explicitly. After 1989 he was chiefly responsible for the attempts at neo-communist restoration.





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Location:  Eastern Europe
Capital:  Bucharest
Communist Rule:  1947 – 1989
Status:  Fall of Ceausescu - 22.12.1989
Victims of Communism:
435 000