The biggest stars had nicknames like "the Butcher" and "The Barber", while my manager wore grenades on his belt.
Like in America and the UK, Romanian voters also seem to want things to be like they imagine they were in the past.
Last year, a fire in nightclub Colectiv killed 64 people and injured 147. According to the people we spoke to, the high death toll is all down to corruption in Romania.
Circumstances in Romanian prisons were pretty dire before the country joined the EU. Photographer Cosmin Bumbut documented the change.
In the Romanian countryside, cycling isn't about the environment – it's just practical.
One night in 1951, soldiers woke up my grandmother and put her on a train to a barren plain on the other side of her country.
Photographer Vali Pană captured the city right after the fall of communism.
It's hot as fuck in Romania at the moment – last weekend, temperatures hit 35°C before noon on both days.
The news hasn't gone down well in Romania; so far it's sparked fierce protests by Christian nationalists, while it also prompted the children's father to go on a hunger strike for a bit.
The Romanian Health Minister did not hesitate to accuse the hospital's management of negligence: "This is unacceptable. (...) surely someone could have taken some time out of their lunch break to put up a mosquito net," he said.
Ceaușescu Decree no. 770 banned women from having abortions. That resulted in the birth of about 2 million children, who have since been known as "Generation Decree". Some of those kids ended up in orphanages.
My father, a Romanian theatre director, was considered a threat to the communist regime of his time.