Nicolae Ceausescu

Nicolae Ceausescu was a Romanian communist politician and the last leader of Communist Romania. His rule started out okay but after his visit to China and North Korea and seeing the personality cults of Mao Zedong and Kim Il-Sung he turned from President to dictator and his rule has been described as the most Stalinist in the Eastern Bloc, Thousands lost their homes and livelihood whilst he and his family enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. His legacy was finally rectified in the aftermath of the Romanian Revolution when he was executed. The character Nicolae and his wife Elena are both named after him and his wife whilst th character Zoia is named after his daughter.

Eastern bloc leaderds

The Eastern Bloc leaders in 1987 from left to right: Gustav Husak of Czechoslovakia, Todor Zhivkov of Bulgaria, Erich Honecker or East Germany, Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union, Ceausescu of Romania, Wojciech Jaruzelski of Poland and Janos Kadar of Hungary.