Almost 200 convicts have published over 400 books in the last three years. Dan Voiculescu (photo) and Dinel Staicu were most inspired. Each of them has written ten “scientific” papers since they were convicted. At stake: the convict’s jail term is reduced by 30 days for each scientific paper written behind bars.
The Justice Ministry has revealed the titles of the scientific papers published by convicts from 2013 to 2015, after it received the list from the National Penitentiary Administration (ANP).
According to ANP, from the start of 2013 to December 9, 2015, convicts published 415 scientific papers. Only seven papers were published in 2012.
However, clues point to the fact that many of the books are written by “ghostwriters” or are at least intensely coordinated by research assistants from outside the jails. The assistants then hand over their work to the convicts, who handwrite the papers and then cover the cost of printing several hundred copies.
According to Article 96 Paragraph 1 of Law no.254/2013, “the jail time considered served based on work done or courses taken in order to obtain parole, is calculated as follows: (…) f) in case of writing scientific papers that are published, or of coming up with patented inventions and innovations, 30 days for each scientific paper or patented invention and innovation.”
In less than 18 months, Dan Voiculescu has written 10 books: “Humanity, whereto?”, “Sustainable economic development,” “The fourth way,” “Foreign investment’s stimulating effects in the Romanian economy 1990-2014,” “The Romanian economy,” “Foreign direct investment – vector of economic development,” “Risk management in accessing and managing European funds,” “The middleclass – entrepreneurial theory and practice,” “Considerations on Maslow’s theory – National and international conferences” and “Theory of value – National and international conferences.”
Businessman Dinel Staicu, in jail for 15 months now, has also written 10 books: “Banking and fiscal reform,” “Fiscalized social credit,” “Fiscalized capital market,” Foreign policy,” “The causal link between crediting and the economic-financial crisis,” “The rise and fall of banks against the backdrop of globalization,” “The new benchmark fiscal receipt,” “Fiscal barter,” “The fiscal market economy,” “Economy and fiscal ideas for the modern era’s self-defining.”
Ioan Niculae, the richest Romanian in the Forbes rankings, has written five books since he went to jail: “Bio-ethanol, the fuel of the future,” “Bio-diesel, eco-friendly diesel oil,” “The energy use of biomass,” “Modern orientations in vegetal production,” “Modern technologies for the production and use of methanol.” Jailed in April 2015, Ioan Niculae wrote the five papers before the end of August, thus finishing a book every 29 days on average, which prompted his lawyer to compare him to Balzac.
Former Premier Adrian Nastase is listed with a single book in the period covered by ANP data (2013-2015) – “The two Romanias.” Prior to that, he wrote two other books while in jail.
Several former ministers sentenced to jail reveal the most varied areas of knowledge and interest in the works they wrote in jail.
Miron Mitrea wrote “Subjective memories. Moment of immediate history” and “We do not engage in politics! Trade unions 1990-1994.” Relu Fenechiu wrote “Pastoral itineraries in Iasi County” and “Advanced technology, strategic solution for the sustainable development of the North-East region.” Former Communications Minister Zsolt Nagy wrote “A city on the Mures – pathways through time,” “The management of elections campaign” and “The European Union in the digital era – options and projects.” Former Economy Minister Ioan Codrut Seres wrote “The collective labour contract – practical aspects.”
Sorin Rosca Stanescu focused on politics, but mostly on the press: “The Romanian written press’s financial crisis,” “A quarter century of post-communist press” and “The analysis of Romanian political life.”
Dan Diaconescu wrote five books too, most of them on journalism: “Modern interview’s scientific techniques,” “The talk-show,” “News – concept, evolution and scientific methods,” “Television – social and community scope,” “The tearing mechanics of composite materials.”
During his two years in jail, Steaua FC financier Gigi Becali wrote five books: “Mount Athos, the fatherland of Orthodoxy,” “Steaua and Becali,” “Becali and politics. The beginnings,” “Merciful and redeeming love,” “Becali, the European Parliament and the Romanian Parliament.”
Former Steaua FC manager Mihai Stoica published four books in his turn too: “The last 11 years. The Romanian football clubs’ presence in continental competitions 2004-2015,” “Competition,” “Fifa World Cup – Brazil. Statistics. Analyses. Conclusions” and “Uefa Europa League. Searching for identity.”
Gheorghe Popescu wrote four books too: “Football for future professional players,” “On optimizing the strategy to promote the game of football at school level,” “Theoretical and practical approaches to teaching football at children’s and juniors’ centre from an interdisciplinary viewpoint,” “The athlete’s personality, mandatory condition for success in sports.”
Gheorghe Copos also wrote five books while in jail: “Matrimonial alliances in the policy of Romanian princes of Wallachia and Moldavia,” – a book that resulted in a plagiarism complaint filed against him and in the University of Bucharest requesting an analysis – “Tourism as a vector of interculturality,” “Franchise vs. management in the hotel industry,” “Medieval Tasnad” and “Sustainable European tourism and its challenges.”
Dr. Mencinicopschi, former director of the Food Research Institute (ICA), wrote the following books: “Gluten cereals and celiac disease or when wheat can make us ill,” “The diet and the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease,” “Nutritional deficiencies and chronic illness, nutritional deficiencies induced by drugs,” “Informational disease. Genetic-epigenetic pathogenesis,” and “Food quality – a new approach.”
The Guardian: Books written by famous convicts in Romania, a “loophole” that undermines anticorruption fight
The subject has ended up in Britain’s ‘The Guardian,’ which writes that publishing a book of scientific value can shave 30 days off a jail term, but this “loophole” is undermining the authorities’ anti-corruption drive.
While in prison, politicians and businessmen publish papers in order to take advantage of this “loophole,” against the backdrop of minimal controls that could confirm the value or even the originality of their work, ‘The Guardian’ writes.
“The law has been like this for many years but we haven’t seen such abuses until recently,” said Laura Ștefan , an anti-corruption expert and a former director in the Romanian ministry of justice. “It has come at a time when Romania’s anti-corruption push has started to generate convictions.”