|39th Minister of National Defense of Romania|
16 December 1985 – 22 December 1989
|Preceded by||Constantin Olteanu|
|Succeeded by||Nicolae Militaru|
|89th Chief of the Romanian General Staff|
31 March 1980 – 16 February 1985
|Preceded by||Ion Hortopan|
|Succeeded by||Ștefan Gușă|
|Born||1 January 1927|
Lerești, Argeș, Romania
|Died||22 December 1989 (aged 62)|
Vasile Milea (1 January 1927 – 22 December 1989) was Nicolae Ceaușescu's minister of defense during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and was involved in the reprisal phase of the revolution that caused the deaths of 162 people.
Milea committed suicide. However, several members of his family claim that he was killed on the orders of Ceaușescu. Milea was already in severe disfavour for sending troops to quell the uprising in Timișoara without ammunition. Whatever the case, Milea's death caused the rank-and-file soldiers to go over almost en masse to the revolution, effectively ending Communist rule in Romania.
A report from 2005 after a full investigation including a postmortem concluded that Milea killed himself using the weapon of one of his attendants. It suggested that he only tried to incapacitate himself in order to be relieved from office, but the bullet hit an artery and he died soon afterwards.
- Sebetsyen, Victor (2009). Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire. New York City: Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-375-42532-2., p. 389
- Jeremy Bransten (1999), "Romania: The Bloody Revolution in 1989: Chaos As The Ceausescus Are Executed", Ten Years After: The Fall of the Communism in East/Central Europe.
- Flavius Cristian Marcau, "Revolution of 1989: Milea's Suicide", University of Târgu Jiu, Letter and Social Science Series, Issue 4, 2013, Retrieved February 27, 2016.
- 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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