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Bullets, Lies, and Videotape: The Amazing, Disappearing Romanian Counter-Revolution of December 1989 (Part VII: Conclusion. Those Who Told Us the Truth) by Richard Andrew Hall (UPDATED with new xeroxes)

Posted by romanianrevolutionofdecember1989 on April 8, 2011

atunci stiau… sursa (documentele Europa Libera disponsibile la): (p. 49 of 82)

mai mult despre Dr. Aurel Mogosanu in decembrie 1989:

doctorului aurel mogosanu, seful sectiei anestezie-terapie intensiva (ati), care il simpatiza. si-au luat halatele, iar zoran mi-a dat si mie unul, de la el.

spitalul judetean era inconjurat de soldati, iar la intrare era un civil inalt si solid, in aceeasi scurta de piele gri, cu un automat cu pat rabatabil la gat. ne-a privit cu o figura de gheata si n-a zis nimic vazandu-ne cu halatele albe sub brat. “studenti,” a explicat cristi si ne-a lasat sa trecem. in inconstienta noastra, nu ne-a fost teama nici o clipa ca ar fi putut sa ne legitimeze si, cum eu nu aveam carnet de student, am fi dat de dracu’. in holul spitalului, ne-am imbracat din mers cu halatele, moment in care am izbucnit toti trei intr-un ras isteric: halatul meu nu avea o maneca ! eram nebuni de legat ! zoran a gasit intr-o clipa solutia: mi-a smuls si cealalta maneca. nici azi, dupa 20 de ani, nu inteleg cum de nu s-a prins nimeni de impostura.

doctorul mogosanu a inteles dintr-o privire de ce am venit. si-a pastrat calmul si ne-a trimis pe sectie. saloanele erau pline de oameni raniti in noaptea care trecuse. am citit cu ochii nostri fisele de observatie, care aveau sa dispara pentru totdeauna in zilele urmatoare. diagnosticele erau aproape identice: “plaga impuscata” sau “plaga impuscata transfixianta“. unii erau in stare grava, altii aveau rani mai usoare. ne priveau cu suspiciune si doar cativa au indraznit sa vorbeasca cu noi. erau speriati si ne intrebau daca lumea a mai iesit in strada.

Ion Medoia, “Teroristi prinsi pe teritoriul Iugoslaviei,” Romania Libera, 10 ianuarie 1990.


for Part I see PART I: His Name Was Ghircoias…Nicolae Ghircoias

for Part II see Part II: A Revolution, A Coup d\’etat, AND a Counter-Revolution

for Part III see Part III: Lost…during Investigation

for Part IV see Part IV: The Good Sergeant Schultz or They Know Nothing

for Part V see Part V: Seeing is Believing Videos One and Two

for Part VI see Part VI: Seeing is Believing, Videos 3 and 4

Bullets, Lies, and Videotape:

The Amazing, Disappearing Romanian Counter-Revolution of December 1989

by Richard Andrew Hall, Ph.D.

Standard Disclaimer:  All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or views of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or any other U.S. Government agency.  Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying U.S. Government authentication of information or CIA endorsement of the author’s views.  This material has been reviewed by CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.  [Submitted 19 November 2009; PRB approved 15 December 2009]

I am an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.  I have been a CIA analyst since 2000.  Prior to that time, I had no association with CIA outside of the application process.

Those Who Have Told Us the Truth [1]

As opposed to the aforementioned Vladimir Belis, Pavel Corut, and Dan Voinea, all of whom who have strenuously and repeatedly denied the existence and use in December 1989 of atypical munitions of dum-dum bullets and vidia bullets, there exist those who have told us of the existence and use of these in December 1989.[2] They are essentially, for lack of a better term, former Securitate whistleblowers, who have admitted the Securitate’s role in providing the “terrorists” who caused so much destruction, mayhem, and loss of life in those days.

For years I have been essentially the sole researcher inside or outside the country familiar with and promoting the claims of 1) former Timisoara Securitate Directorate I officer Roland Vasilevici—who published his claims about December 1989 under the byline of Puspoki F. in the Timisoara political-cultural weekly Orizont in March 1990 and under the pseudonym “Romeo Vasiliu”—and 2) an anonymous USLA recruit who told his story to AM Press Dolj (published on the five year anniversary of the events in Romania Libera 28 December 1994…ironically (?) next to a story about how a former Securitate official attempted to interrupt a private television broadcast in which Roland Vasilevici was being interviewed in Timisoara about Libyan involvement in December 1989).

Vasilevici claimed in those March 1990 articles and in a 140 page book that followed—both the series and the book titled Pyramid of Shadows—that the USLA and Arab commandos were the “terrorists” of December 1989.  What is particularly noteworthy in light of the above discussion about “exploding [dum-dum] bullets” was his claim that the USLA and the foreign students who supplemented them “used special cartridges which upon hitting their targets caused new explosions” [emphasis added]—in other words, exploding or dum-dum bullets.[3]

The anonymous USLA recruit stated separately, but similarly:

I was in Timisoara and Bucharest in December ’89.  In addition to us [USLA] draftees, recalled professionals, who wore black camouflage outfits, were dispatched.  Antiterrorist troop units and these professionals received live ammunition.  In Timisoara demonstrators were shot at short distances.  I saw how the skulls of those who were shot would explode. I believe the masked ones, using their own special weapons, shot with exploding bullets.  In January 1990, all the draftees from the USLA troops were put in detox.  We had been drugged.  We were discharged five months before our service was due to expire in order to lose any trace of us.  Don’t publish my name.  I fear for me and my parents.  When we trained and practiced we were separated into ‘friends’ and ‘enemies.’  The masked ones were the ‘enemies’ who we had to find and neutralize.  I believe the masked ones were the ‘terrorists’.[4] [emphases added]

As I have pointed out, despite the short shrift given these two revelations by Romanian media and Romanianists, one group has paid close attention:  the former Securitate.  That is not accidental.[5]

Those discussed as alternatively “commandos” or “professionals” appear to have been members of the so-called USLAC—Special Unit for Anti-terrorist and Commando Warfare.  In 1991, Dan Badea summarized former USLA Captain Marian Romanescu’s description of the USLAC as follows:


Those who had and have knowledge about the existence and activities of the shock troops subordinated directly to Ceausescu remained quiet and continue to do so out of fear or out of calculation.  Much has been said about individuals in black jumpsuits, with tattoos on their left hand and chest, mercenary fanatics who acted at night, killing with precision and withdrawing when they were encircled to the underground tunnels of Bucharest.  Much was said, then nobody said anything, as if nothing had ever happened.

Traversing the [Securitate’s] Fifth Directorate and the USLA, the USLAC commandos were made up of individuals who ‘worked’ undercover at different posts.  Many were foreign students, doctoral students and thugs committed with heart and soul to the dictator.  Many were Arabs who knew with precision the nooks and crannies of Bucharest, Brasov and other towns in Romania.  For training these had at their disposal several underground centers of instruction:  one was in an area near Brasov, while another—it appears—was right under the former headquarters of the PCR CC [communist party central committee building], a shooting range that was—discovered by accident by several revolutionaries during the events of December .”[6]

We also know from Romanescu and a second source that USLA commander Gheorghe Ardeleanu (Bula Moise) addressed his troops as follows:

“On 25 December at around 8 pm, after the execution of the dictators, Colonel Ardeleanu gathered the unit’s members into an improvised room and said to them:

‘The Dictatorship has fallen!  The Unit’s members are in the service of the people.  The Romanian Communist Party [PCR] is not disbanding!  It is necessary for us to regroup in the democratic circles of the PCR—the inheritor of the noble ideas of the people of which we are a part!…Corpses were found, individuals with USLAC (Special Unit for Antiterrorist and Commando Warfare) identity cards and identifications with the 0620 stamp of the USLA, identity cards that they had no right to be in possession of when they were found…’  He instructed that the identity cards [of members of the unit] had to be turned in within 24 hours, at which time all of them would receive new ones with Defense Ministry markings.” [7] [8]

In other words, a cover-up of a now failed attempt at counter-revolution—having been cut short by the execution of the Ceausescus, the object of their struggle—had begun.  In the days and weeks that were to follow, the Securitate, including people such as the seemingly ubiquitous Colonel Ghircoias discussed in the opening of this article would go about recovering those “terrorists” who were unlucky enough to be captured, injured, or killed.  By 24 January 1990, the “terrorists” of the Romanian Counter-Revolution of December 1989, no longer existed, so-to-speak, and the chances for justice and truth about what had happened in December 1989 would never recover.[9]


Poet, essayist, and NPR contributor Andrei Codrescu memorably turned Gil Scott Heron’s famous social commentary—“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”—on  its head, saying that contrary to what Heron’s song had led them to expect …in Romania, the revolution was televised!  But if you read on or listen to Codrescu closely, it would be more accurate to say that he, like many Romanians and Romanianists, believes that what happened in December 1989 was a coup d’etat—he talks about the“staging of the revolution” and how the coup plotters “seized the means of projection”—and thus what he really seems to intend to say is that “the coup d’etat was televised.”[10]

On the other hand, Vladimir Tismaneanu is quoted as once having memorably said:  ”The VCR killed Ceausescu even before his execution…It was the most important factor in terms of creating a mass consciousness.”[11] It is an important and insightful observation about the power of technology and the challenges it poses to centralized control, especially of the totalitarian state.

Ceausescu’s image and control was damaged by the video-player—to say nothing of, by live television, with the infamous “mirror-shattering” moment of 21 December 1989.  However, as this paper has demonstrated, it is the video-recorder that has undone his final and unfortunately (ever)lasting “Christmas gift” to his Romanian subjects, and that has undone the lies of those—including certain past military prosecutors with roots in the communist era—bent on covering this up.

[1] This section borrows heavily from Hall 2008 and Hall 2006.

[2] In addition to these videos, I have thus far accumulated 45 mentions/claims of use of dum-dum and/or vidia bullets in December 1989.  These include the testimonies of doctors who treated the wounded, but also military officers—not just recruits—who are familiar with ballistics.  Separately, I also have accumulated 36 mentions/claims of people who were either killed or wounded by such atypical munitions during the events.  Significantly, these include people killed or wounded prior to 22 December 1989 as well as after, and they are from multiple cities and a variety of locations for both periods—suggesting not accident, but a well-executed plan by the repressive forces of the Ceausescu regime, the Securitate and their foreign mercenary allies.  See Hall 2008 for some of these.

[3] Puspoki F., “Piramida Umbrelor (III),” Orizont (Timisoara), no. 11 (16 March 1990) p.4, and Roland Vasilevici, Piramida Umbrelor (Timisoara:  Editura de Vest, 1991), p. 61.

[4] “Dezvaluiri despre implicarea USLA in evenimentele din decembrie ’89,” Romania Libera, 28 December 1994, p.3.

[5] For the discussion of the former Securitate response to those who have violated the code of silence, see Hall, “Orwellian…Positively Orwellian,” .

[6] Captain Marian Romanescu, with Dan Badea, “USLA, Bula Moise, teroristii si ‘Fratii Musulmani’,” Expres (2-8 July 1991), pp. 8-9.

[7] Captain Marian Romanescu, with Dan Badea, “USLA, Bula Moise, teroristii si ‘Fratii Musulmani’,” Expres (2-8 July 1991), pp. 8-9.

[8] What evidence do we have that the “USLAC”—a reference attributed to Ardeleanu, discussed by Romanescu, and alluded to by Vasilevici (“commandos,” he specified the involvement of Arabs in his book) and the anonymous recruit (the “professionals in black camouflage”)—in fact existed?  To me, the most convincing evidence comes from the comments of Dr. Sergiu Tanasescu, the medical trainer of the Rapid Bucharest soccer team, who was directly involved in the fighting at the Central Committee building.  One has to realize that until his comments in March 1990, the very acronym “USLAC” and its extension does not appear to have appeared in the Romanian media—and has very rarely appeared since.  Here is what he said:

Ion K. Ion (reporter at the weekly Cuvintul):  The idea that there were foreign terrorists has been circulating in the press.

Sergiu Tanasescu (trainer for the Bucharest Rapid soccer club):  I ask that you be so kind as to not ask me about the problem because it is a historical issue.  Are we in agreement?

I.I.:  O.K.

Tanasescu:  I caught a terrorist myself, with my own hands.  He was 26 years old and had two ID cards, one of a student in the fourth year of Law School, and another one of Directorate V-a U.S.L.A.C. Special Unit for Antiterrorist and Commando Warfare [emphasis added].  He was drugged.  I found on him a type of chocolate, “Pasuma” and “Gripha” brands.  It was an extraordinarily powerful drug that gave a state of euphoria encouraging aggression and destruction, and an ability to go without sleep for ten days.  He had a supersophisticated weapon, with nightsights [i.e. lunetisti], with a system for long-distance sound…

Ion K. Ion:  What happened to those terrorists who were caught?

S.T.:  We surrendered them to organs of the military prosecutor.  We caught many in the first days, their identity being confirmed by many, by Colonel Octavian Nae [Dir. V-a], Constantin Dinescu (Mircea’s uncle), [Army Chief of Staff, General] Guse, but especially by [Securitate Director] Vlad who shouted at those caught why they didn’t listen to his order to surrender, they would pretend to be innocent, but the gun barrels of their weapons were still warm from their exploits.  After they would undergo this summary interrogation, most of them were released.

I.I.:  Why?

S.T.:  Because that’s what Vlad ordered.  On 22 December we caught a Securitate major who was disarmed and let go, only to capture him again the next day, when we took his weapon and ammo and again Vlad vouched for him, only to capture him on the third day yet again.  We got annoyed and then arrested all of them, including Vlad and Colonel Nae, especially after a girl of ours on the first basement floor where the heating system is located found him transmitting I don’t know what on a walkie-talkie.

I.I.:  When and how were the bunkers discovered?

S.T.:  Pretty late in the game, in any case only after 24 December.  Some by accident, most thanks to two individuals [with a dog].

Sergiu Tanasescu, interview by Ion K. Ion, “Dinca si Postelnicu au fost prinsi de pantera roz!” Cuvintul, no. 8-9, 28 March 1990, 15.  From Hall, 2006.

[9] For some of the discussion of how the problem was made to “go away,” see Hall 2006 and the section “Foreign Involvement.”

[10] Andrei Codrescu, The Hole in the Flag (Morrow and Company, 1991).  For a discussion of this Codrescu’s sources and arguments, including his allegations of a Yalta-Malta conspiracy, see Hall 2005.

[11] Quoted in Alexander Stille, “Cameras Shoot Where Uzis Can’t,” New York Times, 20 September 20 2003, available at



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Poze/Foto/Film/Video: Dum-Dum si Vidia (decembrie 1989)

From Bullets, Lies, and Videotape by Richard Andrew Hall

(PERHAPS) ONLY IN ROMANIA!:  Twenty Years Later Romanianists and Romanians Continue to Deny the Existence of Atypical Munitions in December 1989…Even Though Clear Video Evidence Exists to Confirm Their Presence!


Holland & Holland (London) magnum bullets found in Securitate V-a building

VIDIA bullets (Bucuresti, zona TVR) below– individual demonstrates how much smaller they are than Army’s standard 7,62 mm munitions

[UPDATE:  based on the photos presented at and the similarity between the below photo and the “miez de otel” of the 7,62 mm ammunition presented by Vasile Gogea, the bottom photo seems more likely that “steel core” than a vidia bullet (also notice the difference with the above photo–which approximates the common description of the vidia bullets as being skinnier).

VIDIA bullets (Brasov) below; doctor describing wounds to the head caused by these munitions


Lt. col. Ioan Mihălţan, comandantul UM 01845 Cîmpia Turzii (batalion de paraşutişti înregimentat) declara în 30 aprilie 1991, într-o scrisoare confidenţială trimisă col. de justiţie Tit Liviu Domşa: “până la 23.12.1989 orele 12,45 – 13,00, am executat misiuni specifice realizării capacităţii de luptă după alarmare, paza şi apărarea cazărmii şi a obiectivelor prevăzute în plan din afara cazărmii, respectiv aerodromul Cîmpia Turzii. Pe plan local nu am fost confruntat cu atac armat sau de altă natură din partea nici unei forţe exterioare, exceptând, bineînţeles, multitudinea de zvonuri alarmante primite prin telefon despre pericolul iminent de a fi atacaţi de terorişti (dotaţi cu tancuri, elicoptere, autoblindate etc.). (În timp ce alături, în Turda, erau “atacate” cazărmile şi populaţia civilă şi existau, de la ceas la ceas, morţi şi răniţi… – n.m.) În data de 22.12.1989, după ora prânzului, am primit ordin de la fostul comandant, col. Sterian Dumitru, să asigur cazarea şi protecţia unui număr de 23 – 25 «miliţieni» subordonaţi cpt. Feneşan din Cîmpia Turzii. Aceştia au stat în subunitatea mea într-un dormitor până în dimineaţa zilei de 23.12.1989 orele 09,00, când, personal, i-am transportat cu autobuzul unităţii la sediul Miliţiei Cîmpia Turzii, unde urmau să-şi reia activitatea. La 23.12.1989, în jurul orelor 11,40, am primit ordin să pregătesc subunitatea pentru a îndeplini unele misiuni în capitală. S-a format un detaşament de aproximativ 130 paraşutişti şi ne-am deplasat sub comanda col. Dan Vasile, fostul şef de stat major, la Bucureşti cu 4 avioane AN-26. La Bucureşti am fost cazaţi la Comandamentul Aviaţiei Militare, împreună cu alţi militari de la UM 01847 Buzău, UM 01841 Caracal şi UM 01842 Boteni. Începând cu aceeaşi zi am preluat parte din paza şi apărarea din exterior şi interior a CAvM, iar cu parte din forţe (grupuri de câte 3 – 10 militari) în cooperare cu alte forţe, s-a acţionat în municipiul Bucureşti, la diferite obiective (Televiziune, strada Primăverii, restaurantul Bucureşti, sediul Guvernului). Reţin că până în 06.01.1990 circulau zvonuri că au fost reţinuţi aşa-zişii terorişti care au fost predaţi Secţiei paraşutişti de sub fosta conducere a col. Gabor Dan pentru cercetări. Personal am văzut un individ dus sub excortă în pavilionul Secţiei şi un autovehicul gen autodubiţă de 8 locuri cu număr străin parcat pe platoul unităţii în care erau persoane străine (bărbaţi şi femei). Aceştia au fost reţinuţi 24 – 32 ore după care au fost lăsaţi liberi. În data de 24 sau 25.12.1989 (nu reţin precis ziua), am primit ordin să cercetez fostele sere CC al PCR unde, din anumite informaţii, ar exista un depozit de muniţie al securităţii. M-am deplasat cu un grup de militari şi, la intrarea în acest obiectiv, unde paza era asigurată de forţe din UM 01847 Buzău, conduse de mr. Bodor, am aflat că în una din clădiri se presupune a exista muniţie. Luând legătura cu directoarea (inginera şefă?) a serelor, aceasta mi-a declarat că într-o clădire unde personalul serelor nu avea acces şi care până la revoluţie era păzită de securitate există, probabil, muniţie. Având cheile de la intrare, la insistenţele mele, aceasta a deschis şi am pătruns înăuntru unde am constatat că într-o încăpere dotată cu rafturi era muniţie de vânătoare cu pulbere şi cu glonţ pentru diferite specii de păsări şi animale. În această situaţie am solicitat la Secţia paraşutişti un camion care mi-a fost pus imediat la dispoziţie. După ce am încheiat un proces verbal cu directoarea serelor am încărcat muniţia în camion şi am predat-o la CAvM. Aici s-a încheiat un proces verbal unde s-a consemnat cantitatea existentă şi tipul muniţiei. Muniţia a fost preluată în prezenţa lt. col. Ţăndărică la care au rămas şi procesele verbale (UM 02608 Bucureşti). Tot în aceste zile am primit ordin să cercetez pădurea Băneasa între şoseaua Băneasa – Ploieşti, calea ferată (linia de centură) Bucureşti Nord – Constanţa  deoarece se primise informaţia că din această pădure ieşeau noaptea «terorişti». În apropierea şoselei Bucureşti – Ploieşti, la circa 50 – 75 m în interiorul pădurii, am descoperit o vilă în care se găseau 16 militari de la o unitate de securitate. Aceştia erau îmbrăcaţi în ţinută civilă şi nu aveau asupra lor armament şi muniţie. Vila aparţinea fostei securităţi şi era folosită pentru diverse întâlniri şi activităţi de pregătire specifice despre care nu am putut afla amănunte. Reţin că într-un garaj am descoperit un autoturism Dacia 1310 nou cu acte aparţinând generalului Moţ. Actele le-am predat col. Gabor Dan. (Gen. mr. Ioan MOŢ era şeful UM 0195: Contrainformaţii CIE, control al ambasadelor române din străinătate şi monitorizarea emigranţilor români) Începând cu data de 06.01.1990, am fost destinat cu 150 militari pentru asigurarea pazei interioare a clădirii MApN. Pe lângă asigurarea pazei, grupuri mici de militari au îndeplinit şi alte misiuni în exterior. În 08.01.1990, două grupuri de câte 10 militari, conduse de lt. maj. Pop Gheorghe şi cpt. Bujor Gheorghe au asigurat escorta unui număr de 480 terorişti (arestaţi!!) de la Poliţia municipiului Bucureşti la o unitate militară de la periferia Bucureştiului. Despre acest transposrt executat cu 6 autobuze cunoaşte generalul maior Codrescu de la Minister care, după câte reţin a primit însărcinarea să se ocupe de probleme specifice însoţirii şi transportului arestaţilor, inclusiv pe timpul procesului celor 4 din aula Academiei Militare unde am asigurat, personal, câte 4 – 6 militari în primele zile ale procesului. La dispoziţia dl. gen. mr. Codrescu a fost pus mr. Scîntei Spiridon cu 13 militari (UM 01847 Buzău). La MApN am fost subordonat direct d-lui general maior Şchiopu Nicolae, locţiitorul şefului Marelui Stat Major pînă la 12.02.1990 când am revenit la Cîmpia Turzii. În încheiere menţionez că nu am fost pus în situaţia de a riposta cu focuri de armă sau în alt mod, atât eu cât şi subordonaţii mei în această perioadă, adică 17.12.1989 – 12.02.1990.”




Video No. 1:  Bucharest, Securitate Archives in the Central Committee Building, Dum-Dum and Vidia Bullets

In the first video
Revolutia Romana 22 Dec 1989 cd5

(posted by Alexandru2006 at , the sequence from roughly 1:20 to 2:50 shows civilians in the bowels of the CC building in Bucharest—the focal point of the December events, from where Nicolae Ceausescu gave his famous “final speech” on 21 December and from which Front leaders addressed crowds on 22 December and after—showing the munitions found in the Archives of the PCR’s CC.  The “dum-dum” bullets of “the elite shooters/commandos”—he mentions they are of West German manufacture—are identified for the camera, as are smaller, special bullets—which appear, based on other video, photos, and accounts, to be “vidia” bullets.  [Following the two screen captures below is an article from 31 December 1989, “Cu ce trag teroristii?” (With What are the Terrorists Shooting), in which the journalist discusses having a West German-manufactured (RWS firm) “dum-dum” bullet in his hand, as well as the “unfortunately now-famous small bullets of 5,62 mm caliber” (vidia bullets). click to see in this version here:  Cu ce trag teroristii]


Video No. 2: Bucharest, Piata Aviatorilor, near TVR (Romanian state Television) headquarters, Vidia Bullets

In the second video
Revolutia Romana 22 Dec.1989 – cd4

(posted by Alexandru2006 at, a civilian shows how the bullets shot by “the enemy”—i.e. “the terrorists”—are different than the standard ammunition (7.62 mm) he and the others are using.  Based on other video, photos, and accounts, these appear to be “vidia” bullets—there are many testimonies from those who fought in the area near the TV station regarding these bullets.  [Below the screen capture:   a photo posted on the Internet by Alexandru Stepanian, that he claims is a photo of one of these vidia bullets]

Munitie folosite in zilele Revolutiei

Imaginea a glontului vidia de 5,6 mm, tras la poarta din Pangrati a sediului TVR, in 22-23 decembrie 1989, de tineri vlajgani, in blugi, prinsi, dar eliberati de tov. General Tudor, activat de tov. Ion Iliescu.

Material primit de la dl. Alexandru Stepanian. [See above, this does not appear to be a vidia bullet, but instead the “steel core” of a 7.62 mm bullet, normal ammunition used by the Army], glont vidia, zona TVR, Alexandru Stepanian

Video No. 3:  Bucharest, Soft-nosed (“Dum-Dum”) Bullets Found in the Headquarters of the Securitate’s V-th Directorate

The third video was found by the blogger who goes by the handle “Claude 2.0” (Claude 2.0 Dupa 19 ani – Gloante dum-dum ? postare din 14 aprilie 2009). It shows people going through material including bullets found in the headquarters building of the Securitate’s Fifth Directorate (that charged with the personal protection of the Ceausescus).  An article from March 1990 appended below has a senior arms specialist discussing his being summoned during these days to the zone around the CC building (where the Vth Directorate building was located), where he verified that “soft-nosed” bullets (known colloquially as “dum-dum”) were discovered (he then goes into detail about their properties).  Discussion in the videotape about the box in which the bullets were discovered, as well as the comments of the arms specialist, suggest these were Kynoch-Magnum “soft-nosed” bullets—described in the article as “cartridges for [hunting] elephants.”

Video No. 4:  Brasov, Morgue, Atypical (“Vidia”) Bullets

Video 4 comes from part 7 of Maria Petrascu’s 2005 documentary film “Revolutionary Brasov”

(Brasovul Revolutionar PARTEA 7  It shows both the small, atypical, [“vidia”] bullets with which civilians and soldiers were killed, as well as an unidentified doctor speaking on 23 January 1990 in which he states that four of six soldiers he had looked at had been shot with great precision in the forehead with such bullets (film is also shown of their gruesome injuries).   Maria Petrascu has described elsewhere what she and her husband found on 29-30 December 1989 at the County Morgue:

Even the halls were filled with the dead, there were over 100.  They didn’t have any place to put them all, we walked through pools of blood, we saw the cadavers of children, young people, adults, shot in the forehead, in the heart, in the feet and abdomen with brains and intestines having exploded, nightmarish scenes that I shall never forget.  It was then that we decided we wouldn’t rest until we discovered who fired, because we had begun to understand that many of those killed had been shot by guns with infrared scopes, by some professionals.[i]

Gheorghe Cocos povesteste cum el si sotia sa au fost impuscati cu gloante DUM-DUM “care se spune ca nu exista, dar totusi exista”

Vedeti clip-ul 4:55-6:23

posted by tioluciano on youtube on 22 December 2009 cu cuvintele aceste

“Documentarul “SIBIU 1989″ LDTV(comprimat 15,4 MB, format WMV, 212kbps, 384 x 288 pixels,13 fps)

Documentar lansat într-o proiectie publica in data de 21 decembrie 2009, de la ora 18.00, la Casa de Cultura a Sindicatelor Sibiu, Sala STUDIO
Producator versiune originala : Octavian Repede ( , sau Octavian Repede-0747/990495)

please note:  the poster “destituirea” has this marked as unsuitable for minors under 18 due to gruesome scenes of carnage…


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