Michael Domnitei, who himself had done time for trying to flee Romania in the ‘80s, and who managed to cross the border in 1984, has kept all these years a newspaper clip that confirms that Radu’s account is part of a larger story of longstanding repression and murder. The clip is from The Oregonian, reprinting a story published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1988.
Michael Domnitei now lives in the United States.
[Updated on 11/12/2013 with the name and link to the newspaper. Thank you, Michael Domnitei.]
[Updated on 2/6/2014: changed the protagonist’s name.]