Georgios Papadopoulos was the leader of the 1967 Greek coup d'etat and dictator of Greece from 1967 to 1974. During his time in power he imposed martial law and subjected civilians to mass arrests, beatings, censorship and torture. Thousands of the regime's political opponents were also thrown into prison or exiled ("forced into vacation", as the friends of the junta cynically put it) on small Aegean islands. After the Junta crumbled Papadopoulos was tried and imprisoned and stayed there for the rest of his life until his death in 1999 at the age of 80. The character Georgios is named after him.