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18 January 2009. Moldovan poet Grigore Vieru dies in wake of traffic accident

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In the evening of 15 January 2009, Grigore Vieru participated in the commemoration of the 159th birthday anniversary of poet Mihai Eminescu in Cahul. This was an exceptional party, during which, along with singer Fuego, the poet recited poems and even sang a song on the stage of the Community Centre. The organizers of this emotional action suggested that Vieru spends his night in Cahul; yet, after the concert, he set out to Chisinau along with the deputy director of the JOC ensemble, Gheorghe Munteanu. This was the last way in the life of Grigore Vieru.   

We learned the details of the accident, which killed the great poet, in the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice from 29 September 2010. Under the ruling, the sentence of the Court of five years of imprisonment with suspension of the punishment for two years against Gheorghe Munteanu, who was at the wheel of the Opel-Astra vehicle, remained final.

„The court of first instance found out that, on 16 January 2009, at 1:20 am, Gheorghe Munteanu, while driving the vehicle Opel Astra and having citizen Grigore Vieru on the front chair, moving on the national road No 3, Hancesti-Chisinau, in the direction to Chisinau, near the Ialoveni town, violating the requirements (…) of the Road Traffic Regulation, moving in difficult road conditions at night, lost control of the transport means and came into collision with the concrete foundation of an advertising panel, placed on the turf which divided the directions of movement.’’  

Much later, it was proved that the placement of that concrete panel, with which the car collided, was not authorized at all and was placed contrary to the road traffic regulation. Consequences – zero.  

The works of Grigore Vieru are so well known, as almost three generations of Bessarabians were born with his poems. Everything Grigore Vieru wrote represents the golden heritage of the Bessarabian literature of the 20th century. The poetry for children, of love, about mother, manifesto poem, testament poem – all of them have the sign of the literary genius of Grigore Vieru. He was also a good lyricist, with the explosion of the Moldovan light music from 1980s-90, having him as protagonist. 

In 1982, Vieru launched the musical film for children Maria Mirabela by director Ion Popescu Gopo, and the texts for the songs were signed by Grigore Vieru. At the same time, in 1988, Vieru was awarded the most prestigious international distinction in the field of literature for Children, the Andersen Honorary Diploma.    

In 1989, Vieru was elected Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy; in 1991, he became member of the State Commissions for Issues of Language and in 1992, the Romanian Academy put him forward for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1996, Grigore Vieru was awarded the Order Of the republic; in 1997, the Litera Publishing House from Chisinau launched the anthological volume, Now and Forever.  

The procession of burial of Grigore Vieru turned into a Great National Sorrow and the poet was pitied in all settlements of Moldova and Romania. Attending the burial, the departed Romanian poet Adrian Paunescu, recited a poem in the memory of Grigore Vieru.  

Chisinau, 21 January /MOLDPRES/.


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