Nicolae Coval

Nicolae Coval
First Secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party
In office
5 January 1946 – July 1950
Prime MinisterGherasim Rudi
Preceded byNikita Salogor
Succeeded byLeonid Brezhnev
Prime Minister of the Moldavian SSR1
In office
17 April 1945 – 4 January 1946
Preceded byTihon Konstantinov
Succeeded byGherasim Rudi
Personal details
Born(1904-12-19)19 December 1904
Camenca, Olgopolsky Uyezd, Podolia Governorate, Russian Empire
Died15 January 1970(1970-01-15) (aged 65)
Chişinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunist Party of Moldova
1. The name was Chairmen of the Council of People's Commissars.

Nicolae Coval ( born 19 December 1904 Camenca, Transnistria – died 15 January 1970 Chişinău,) was a Moldavian SSR politician.


Nicolae Coval was born on 19 December 1904 in the city of Camenca (now in Transnistria, Republic of Moldova). After he became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union since 1939, in the period 1940–1945, he served as the People's Commissar for Agriculture of the MSSR. At Congresses I - IV, X - XII of the Communist Party of the MSSR was elected as member of the Central Committee. He also served as deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (in Legislative 1, 2, 6 and 7) and deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (in the 1-3 legislatures).

Coval was the prime minister of Moldavian SSR (17 April 1945 – 5 January 1946). Coval was also the First Secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party (5 January 1946 - July 1950).

During his rule the hunger of 1946-1947 has occurred in the Moldаvian SSR, when more than 170 thousands of people has died[citation needed]. The hunger had partially objective reasons (relatively low harvest), while partially was organized by Soviet Authorities[citation needed] (Joseph Stalin and the Communist Party), which urged the completation of Soviet grain stocks. The hunger was stopped in the autumn of 1947, after which a forced collectivisation of the agriculture in Bessarabia was ordered by Communist and Soviet authorities.


  • *** - Enciclopedia sovietică moldovenească (Chişinău, 1970–1977)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nikita Salogor
First Secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party
5 January 1946 – July 1950
Succeeded by
Leonid Brezhnev
Political offices
Preceded by
Tihon Konstantinov
Prime Minister of Moldova
17 April 1945 – 5 January 1946
Succeeded by
Gherasim Rudi

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