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Vasile Milea

In office
31 March 1980 – 16 February 1985
President Nicolae Ceauşescu
Preceded by Ion Hortopan
Succeeded by Ştefan Guşă

In office
16 December 1985 – 22 December 1989
President Nicolae Ceauşescu
Preceded by Constantin Olteanu
Succeeded by Nicolae Miliaru

Born 1 January 1927
Lereşti, Argeş, Romania
Died 22 December 1989
Bucharest, Romania
Profession Military Officer
Military service
Rank General colonel

Vasile Milea (1 January 1927, Lereşti, Argeş – 22 December 1989) was Nicolae Ceauşescu's minister of defense during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and was involved in the reprisal phase of the revolution that took 162 lives.

The events surrounding Milea's death in the morning of 22 December 1989 are unclear. Official reports claim Milea committed suicide, whereas members of his family claim that he was killed on the orders of Ceauşescu. A report from 2005 after a full investigation including a postmortem concludes that Milea killed himself using the weapon of one of his attendants. It seems that he only tried to get incapacitated in order to be relieved from office. But the bullet hit an artery and he died soon afterwards.

His death angered Ceauşescu who called him "a traitor",[citation needed] but Milea had already ordered troops to come in defense of Ceauşescu and to repress revolutionaries.[citation needed] Victor Stănculescu, the new minister of defense appointed by Ceauşescu, ordered troops back to their quarters.[citation needed]


  • Vasile Milea, Victor Atanasiu, România în anii primului război mondial: caracterul drept, eliberator al participării României la război, vol. 2, Ed. Militară, Bucharest, 1987. OCLC 18616519


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