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April 12, 2021

Politician, writer Corneliu Vadim Tudor dies at 65

Politician, writer and journalist Corneliu Vadim Tudor died on Monday at the age of 65, after a brief admission at the Army’s Emergency Clinic for Cardiovascular Disease; medical sources told Agerpres the death cause was a heart attack.

Corneliu Vadim Tudor was born on November 28, 1949 in Bucharest.

He graduated from the St. Sava high school in Bucharest (1967) and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest with a license in sociology (1971) on a dissertation on the ‘Sociology of Religion’.

Recipient of Herder Scholarship for a history course at the University of Vienna (1978-1979).

PhD in history at the University of Craiova (2003).

He worked as a journalist at ‘Romania libera’ daily and ‘Magazin’ weekly (1972-1975) and at Romania’s National News Agency AGERPRES (December 1975- December 1989).

After the revolution of 1989 he founded the ‘Romania Mare’ (Greater Romania) weekly and the homonymous foundation and publishing house, and the ‘Tricolorul’ (The Tricolour) newspaper. He was editor-in-chief of ‘Romania Mare’ until his death.

His political career began with the foundation of the Greater Romania Party (PRM) on June 20, 1991. He was re-elected chairman of the party on July 2013 by a congress in Bucharest, with several party members challenging the proceeding.

Elected senator on September 27, 1992 in the 41st electoral district of Bucharest; secretary of the Senate, member of the National Party parliamentary group, member of the Defence, Public Order and National Security Committee of this group between November 18 1993 and October 23 1995.

Re-elected senator in the same district in November 1996; during the subsequent legislature he was vice leader of the Greater Romania Party’s group and member of the Foreign Policy Committee.

Elected again in the Senate on November 26 2000, he kept the position of leader of his party’s parliamentary group and became a member of the Romanian Parliament’s delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg until December 2002.

Bucharest Senator again from 2004 to 2008; Vice Speaker of the Senate, member of the Defence, Public Order and National Security Committee and of the Managing Committee of the Romanian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union since March 2006. He failed to get re-elected in November 2008.

Vadim Tudor ran for President in November 1996; he got 4.72 percent of the valid ballots (597,508 votes), placing fifth out of 16 candidates. In the presidential elections of 2000, he got 28.34 percent of the votes in the first round on November 26, and lost the runoff against Social Democrat Ion Iliescu on December 10, with 33.17 percent to 66.83 percent. He ran again in November 2004, when he came third with 12.57 percent, in November 2009, placing fourth with 5.56 percent, and finally in November 2014, when he got 3.68 percent (349,416 votes).

Elected to the European Parliament on a ticket of his Greater Romania Party on June 7 2009. Member of the Committee on Culture and Education (July 16 2009 – January 18, 2012 and January 19, 2012 – June 30, 2014), of the Delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway, of the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and of the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee (September 16, 2009 – June 30, 2014).

He was also a poet and journalist. He made his debut in May 1965 at the national radio station with a poem read in the ‘George Calinescu’ literary circle. He published several volumes of prose and poetry: ‘Poezii’ (Poems, 1977), ‘Epistole vieneze’ (Wiener Epistles, 1979), ‘Poeme de dragoste, ura si speranta’ (Poems of Love, Hatred and Hope, 1981), ‘Idealuri’ (Ideals, 1983), ‘Saturnalii’ (Saturnalia, 1983), ‘Istorie si civilizatie’ (History and Civilization1983), ‘Mandria de a fi romani’ (The Pride of Being Romanian, 1985), ‘Miracole’ (Miracles, anthology 1986), ‘Jurnal de vacanta’ (Holiday Journal, 1996), ‘Poems’ (translated in seven languages, published in Torino, Italy,1998), ‘Europa Crestina’ (Christian Europe) and ‘Artificii’ (Artifices) in 2010. He also signed many other poems, essays, film scenarios, dramas, press stories and literary chronicles.

Decorated with the ‘Romanian Star’ National Order in rank of Knight in 2004. Pope Benedict XVI awarded him the Bronze Medal of the Vatican in 2007.

He was married to Doina Vadim Tudor, with whom he had two daughters, Lidia and Eugenia.

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