Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

This service passport was issued in 1993 and expired in 1998. The document shows no travels and was issued after his parents’ execution in 1989. An exciting travel document of Cold War times.

Dictator Ceausescu - Son's Passport
The service passport of Valentin Ceaușescu, the eldest son of the dictator.

Valentin Ceaușescu (born 17 February 1948) is a Romanian physicist. He is the eldest and only surviving child of former communist President Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, Elena. Valentin Ceaușescu was born in Bucharest on 17 February 1948, less than two months after the establishment of the Romanian People’s Republic. His father, future dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, was an active member of the Romanian Workers’ Party, earning himself various political and military positions; he was the country’s Minister of Agriculture at the time Valentin was born. His mother was Elena Ceaușescu (née Petrescu). Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

Unlike many other family members, including his younger brother, Nicu, Ceaușescu was not involved in politics. Attending the University of Bucharest, he completed his undergraduate degree in physics. In 1967, he decided to pursue further education by enrolling at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. He played association football as a goalkeeper on a college team during his time at Imperial College. Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

In December 1989, during the Romanian Revolution, Ceaușescu was arrested, along with the other family members. Known worldwide for their extravagant lifestyle, they were accused of undermining the economy of Romania. Valentin is said to have had a position managing the Steaua București football club. He reported that he had watched his parents’ trial on television while he was under arrest. Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

The dictator’s son had fled Bucharest on December 22, together with his girlfriend, Roxana Dună, the daughter of a nomenclaturist. She would become his wife in 1995.

Evil mouths say that Valentin would now live on the money of his father-in-law, Constantin Dună, a difficult name in the Romanian banking world, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Romanian Bank for Foreign Trade, former president of the Romanian Association of Banks, a former member of The Board of Directors of the Romanian Banking Institute and of the Deposit Guarantee Fund in the banking system, the man who tried to save Bankcoop Bank from bankruptcy, without success.

Valentin and Roxana Ceaușescu have a daughter together, Alexandra, now 21 years old, an Architecture student.

Ceaușescu was freed from prison nine months after no charges were brought against him. During that time, his collection of 50 paintings by Romanian masters, engravings by Francisco Goya, and hundreds of rare books were confiscated. When he asked for restitution, the Romanian authorities argued that no documents proved that he was the owner and that the art collection belonged to the Romanian state, which promptly donated them to the National Museum of Art. Ceaușescu sued the government for restitution. The courts found in favor of Ceaușescu in 2009 and ordered the museum to return forty pictures. Most of the works were collected by him and his former wife personally. Dictator Ceausescu – Son’s Passport

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