Bucharest’s mayor, Sorin Oprescu, today confirmed what we at Bucharest Life have long been saying: that Nicolae Ceausescu is not to blame for Bucharest’s stray dog problem.
No, according to Oprescu (who faces an election in a month’s time), it is the Phanariots we should blame. (In brief, the Phanariots were Turkish-appointed Greeks who ruled the Ottoman Empire’s Romanian territories from the beginning of the 1700s until 1822. They taxed the locals to the bone and are not well remembered).
Oprescu also admitted that he had done nothing about the dog problem during his time in office, but blamed the PDL – which controlled the city council – for his inaction. He went on to say that making the dog problem an electoral issue was ‘stupid’ and that he opposed a mass cull of the pests, which he said would be an example of ‘an alienated society.’