Yesterday I stepped down together with the other members of the Editorial Board of the History of Communism in Eastern Europe peer-reviewed journal, which is published under the aegis of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exile in Bucharest. The move was a gesture of solidarity with Raluca Grosescu, who was abusively removed as editor of an upcoming journal issue, and also Marius Stan, Corina Palasan and Bogdan Iacob.

An article in the Romania Libera newspaper in Bucharest explains the situation.

When asked why the IICCMER did not remove from its website the names of the Scientific Council members who tendered their resignation last year, the current director said that the removal must be approved by the Prime Minister Victor Ponta, because according to the legislation in effect the prime minister appoints and removes members. Is that so? A resignation is a resignation. Our names continue to be used and abused, and there is seemingly no recourse.