Romania to pay compensations to victims

The European Court of Human Rights has fined Romania 350,000 euro in a case involving 72 victims, or heirs of victims, of the anti-Communist revolt that started in Timisoara in December 1989.

The applicants complained that the authorities had never properly investigated the deaths of their family members, or the ill-treatment to which they themselves were subjected, as the then authorities battled the demonstrations of December 1989.

Timisoara was the western city where the uprising that overthrew the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu began. The bloodiest of all the Eastern European revolutions of that year, Ceausescu was executed together with his wife and fellow-ruler, Elena, according to


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