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September 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Silviu Brucan, 90, who once served as Romania's ambassador to the United States and went on to oppose dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, died Wednesday of a heart attack at a Bucharest hospital after recent stomach surgery, the Romanian state news agency said. Brucan ran the Communist daily newspaper Scanteia in 1944 and was named head of the public television station, a post he held in the 1950s and 1960s. He was appointed Romania's ambassador to Washington in 1955.
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September 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Silviu Brucan, 90, who once served as Romania's ambassador to the United States and went on to oppose dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, died Wednesday of a heart attack at a Bucharest hospital after recent stomach surgery, the Romanian state news agency said. Brucan ran the Communist daily newspaper Scanteia in 1944 and was named head of the public television station, a post he held in the 1950s and 1960s. He was appointed Romania's ambassador to Washington in 1955.
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December 31, 1989 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most striking feature of the new interim government of Romania, created amid the chaos of the bloody uprising last week, is that many of its leaders are the reform-minded sons of once-influential Communists who served the executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, according to U.S. and academic specialists. Their program appears to be to make Romania into a West European-style social democracy.
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December 31, 1989 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most striking feature of the new interim government of Romania, created amid the chaos of the bloody uprising last week, is that many of its leaders are the reform-minded sons of once-influential Communists who served the executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, according to U.S. and academic specialists. Their program appears to be to make Romania into a West European-style social democracy.
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February 5, 1990 | Reuters
The new Romanian government's chief ideologist, Silviu Brucan, resigned unexpectedly Sunday in a further indication of disunity among leaders who took power after the December overthrow of the Nicolae Ceausescu dictatorship. Citing public apathy, he said he was leaving because Romanian politics had become "dominated by personal ambition, careerism and political flunkyism."
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January 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Only five volunteers were asked to execute deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife last month, but 80 insisted on shooting, a Romanian government official said. In an interview published Monday in the newspaper Le Figaro, Silviu Brucan, a member of the 11-member executive council of the National Salvation Front, said the firing squad's enthusiasm reflected popular support for the Dec. 25 execution. "The officer in command asked for five soldiers to step forward and prepare to fire.
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January 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
The National Salvation Front government bowed to the clamor from the opposition Tuesday and announced that it has split into two groups, one to govern Romania and the other to take part in coming elections. In a further concession, senior front member Silviu Brucan said the front will propose that a coalition government be formed until the planned May 20 elections--in effect agreeing to share the power it assumed during the December revolution that toppled Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
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March 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Soviet Union warned East Germany's new leaders Monday to move slowly toward unification with West Germany and reiterated that a united Germany could not be a member of NATO. But Western politicians greeted the conservative election victory in East Germany as a ringing call for rapid German unification, a triumph for West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and a resounding defeat for communism. Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady I.
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January 20, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Peasants Party said Friday that it supports the decision of the National Salvation Front, Romania's provisional government, to abandon plans for a referendum on the death penalty and on outlawing the Communist Party. The Peasants Party has emerged as the leading political group in the country since the revolution that ousted the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu last month. Its support could help rally public opinion behind the front, which has flip-flopped on the two issues.
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January 1, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A faction of the Romanian Communist Party on Sunday proposed holding a congress to consider the "self-dissolution" of the party and the turning over of its assets to the state. The announcement in the Romania Libera newspaper was described as "an initiative of a group within the party" that recognized that the Communists were "compromised" by the leadership of executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. The group was not further identified.
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January 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The interim government said Tuesday that it has imprisoned about 60 of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's closest associates, including all members of the Politburo, and will punish "all evildoers from the old regime." Foreign Ministry spokesman Constanin Girbea said that judgment will also follow for "all members of the Ceausescu family" and that the Defense Ministry will announce further details of punishments.
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December 26, 1989 | From Reuters
The National Salvation Front, which declared itself Romania's new leadership after the collapse of Nicolae Ceausescu's regime, is believed to have about 40 members. They include a number of politicians and dissident artists and intellectuals. It is not clear who is the top leader. Following are profiles of some prominent members: Corneliu Manescu, 73, originally announced as leader of the front, is a former foreign minister and former president of the U.N. General Assembly.
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