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Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and King Michael of Romania pose in Moscow’s Kremlin before a Victory Day parade which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, 9 May 2010. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

King Michael had a crucial role in shortening the war with at least six months, according to Western historians, by overthrowing Romania’s pro-Nazi government on 23 August 1944 and allying the country with Soviet Union and the democratic powers.


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