Valeriu Graur

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Valeriu Graur
Born December 1940
Ethnicity Romanian
Citizenship USSR,
Political party National Patriotic Front
Religion Eastern Orthodoxy

Valeriu Graur (b. December 1940, Reni) was a Moldovan activist and a political prisoner in the former Soviet Union.


Between 1969 and 1971, he was a founder of a clandestine National Patriotic Front of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, established by several young intellectuals in Chişinău, totaling over 100 members, vowing to fight for the establishment of a Moldavian Democratic Republic, its secession from the Soviet Union and union with Romania.

In December 1971, following an informative note from Ion Stănescu, the President of the Council of State Security of the Romanian Socialist Republic, to Yuri Andropov, the chief of KGB, Valeriu Graur as well as Alexandru Usatiuc-Bulgăr, Alexandru Şoltoianu, and Gheorghe Ghimpu were arrested and later sentenced to long prison terms.[1]


The Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Moldova will study and analyze the 1940-1991 period of the communist regime.