Gabriel Paislaru, 38, is a translator and a journalist for the Romanian state news agency, Agerpres. Part of his job is guiding English-speaking foreign journalists around the country.
Paislaru is a devoted believer in the Romanian system, described in the West as a combined Byzantine dictatorship and Stalinist-model police state. He sees his country through a rosier lens.
When a visitor asks why armed police are on practically every street corner of Bucharest, Paislaru explains patiently: "They are to protect the people from crime."
"But, according to the government," responds the visitor, "there is no crime in Bucharest."
"That's why," Paislaru says.