Dumitru Burlan

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Dumitru Burlan (born May 11, 1939, Licurici, Gorj County) is a Romanian former Securitate officer.

During the communist period, he worked for the Securitate. He was the chief of bodyguards of President Nicolae Ceauşescu, and served once as his stand-in (double), but was not able to protect Ceauşescu from arrest and execution during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Ten years after the revolution, he published his understanding of the revolutionary events and his beliefs about Ceauşescu.

After publishing details about the coup, he received several death threats[citation needed]. He declared himself proud of having served Ceauşescu, and he considers Ceauşescu to have been one of the most intelligent and greatest leaders in history.

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