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January 23, 2022

Former spy regains Romanian citizenship

Constantin Rauta, a former agent with the Foreign intelligence Department, the spying service of the former Socialist Republic of Romania, regained his Romanian citizenship after a long lasting legal battle with Romanian authorities, writes “Jurnalul national” daily newspaper. In 1966, Rauta, an electronics engineer, was recruited by the Foreign Intelligence Department. As he actually wanted to defect, Constantin Rauta sought political asylum in the United States, while in Washington, in 1973, in charge of preparations for Nicolae Ceausescu’s forthcoming visit to the USA. One year later, the Cerausescu regime sentenced Constantin Rauta to death. He was the target of two assassination attempts. Although, after 1990, he was informed that there was no death sentence in effect against him and his Romanian citizenship had not been withdrawn, Rauta however learned in 2008 that the death sentence is still in effect and he had actually been stripped of his Romanian citizenship. Only after he filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) his death sentence was repealed, in 2010, and as of Tuesday, he became a Romanian citizen once again.

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