Victor Stănculescu

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Victor Stănculescu
Minister of National Defence
In office
February 16, 1990 – April 29, 1991
President Ion Iliescu
Prime Minister Petre Roman
Preceded by Nicolae Militaru
Succeeded by Nicolae Spiroiu
Personal details
Born Victor Atanasie Stănculescu
(1928-05-10)May 10, 1928
Tecuci, Romania
Died June 19, 2016(2016-06-19) (aged 88)
Ghermănești, Ilfov

Victor Atanasie Stănculescu (May 10, 1928 – June 19, 2016) was a Romanian general during the Communist era. He played a central role in the overthrow of the dictatorship by refusing to carry out the orders[clarification needed] of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. His inaction allowed the citizens demonstrating in Bucharest against the government to seize control. In addition, as a defense minister on 25 December 1989, Stanculescu organized the trial and execution of Nicolae Ceauşescu and Elena Ceauşescu.[1]

In 2008, Stănculescu and another general, former Interior Minister Mihai Chițac, were convicted of aggravated manslaughter by the Supreme Court for the shooting deaths of pro-democracy protesters in Timişoara, during the Romanian Revolution of 1989.[2] Sentenced to fifteen years' imprisonment, he was freed in 2014.[3]


  1. ^ "Ceausescu execution 'avoided mob lynching'". BBC. 25 December 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Romanian Ex-General Mihai Chitac Dies After Long Illness". Mediafax. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Victor Stănculescu, eliberat din închisoare". România Liberă. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2016.