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Ion Costaș
Generalul Ion Costaș susținând un discurs pentru comemorarea eroilor căzuți în confruntările de pe Nistru (25100446319).jpg
Ion Costaș in 2016
1st Minister of Defense
In office
5 February 1992 – 29 July 1992
PresidentMircea Snegur
Prime MinisterValeriu Muravschi
Andrei Sangheli
Succeeded byPavel Creangă
1st Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
3 June 1990 – 5 February 1992
PresidentMircea Snegur
Prime MinisterMircea Druc
Valeriu Muravschi
Succeeded byConstantin Antoci
Personal details
Ţarigrad, Drochia District, Moldovan SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materHigher Military Aviation School from Kharkiv (1967)
Gagarin Air Force Academy in Moscow (1976)
Moscow Police Academy
Military service
Years of service1967-1993
RankDivision General

Division General Ion Costaș (born 1944, Țarigrad) is a Moldovan military and a former Minister of Interior (1990–1992) and Defence (1992).

He is a leader of the Democratic Forum of Romanians in Moldova.


Ion Costaş was born in 1944 in the village of Țarigrad (Drochia District) in a peasant family of Romanian ethnicity. Between 1949-1957, he was with his parents in Kazakhstan, where they had been deported following conviction of 25 years of hard labor (being accused of being accomplice with fascists). He graduated Higher Military Aviation School from Kharkiv (1967), Gagarin Air Force Academy in Moscow (1976) and the Police Academy in Moscow.

During 1967-1984 he worked as aviation officer in the Soviet Army, first as a pilot (1967), squadron commander (1976-1978) and then as deputy commander of joined troops (1978-1980). Becomes regimental commander (1980-1983), with 102 fighters under his direction and then deputy commander of the 14th Army (Soviet Union) on aviation issues.

In 1984 was appointed deputy commander DOSAAF (Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet) RSS Moldavia (Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic), and the following year became commander of the Central Committee of DOSAAF, holding this position until in 1990. He was promoted in October 1988 to the rank of General-Major of the Soviet Army aviation.

In 1990 he was appointed Chairman of Committee Supreme Soviet of RSS Moldavia for State Security and Military Affairs, and in September 1990 - a member of the Presidential Council of the Republic of Moldova. Between 1990-1992, General Ion Costaş served as Minister of Internal Affairs in the Government of Moldova.

State by Presidential Decree no. 20 of 5 February 1992, Division General Ion Costaş was appointed as the first Minister of Defence of the Republic, but was dismissed (along with Anatol Plugaru, Security Minister) after Moldovan troops lost the fighting to restore part of Moldova Transnistria against Transnistrian paramilitary troops and 14th Russian Army, led by General Aleksandr Lebed.

He was then appointed as military attache in Romania, where he was recalled in October 1993 and went into reserve.

Ion Costaş was awarded the order "Service in the armed forces of their native country" grade III with 6 medals. On 24 February 2010, the Minister of Internal Affairs, General Victor Catan, Gen. Ion Costaş was decorated with "The Cross of Merit", the highest distinction of the MIA with occasion of celebrating of his birthday.

After retiring from politics in 1993, Ion Costas has entered the business sector. He is currently the general manager of Crystal System, an international group specialized in Information Technology. He was previously a regional manager for Hewlett Packard and for the Petrom, a large Romanian oil company. He led the contingent of veterans of the Transnistrian War on Great National Assembly Square during the 2011 Chișinău Independence Day Parade.[1]

In 2020, Costaș announced that he would run in the 2020 Moldovan presidential election as an independent candidate because there was no party "for the country and for the nation". He submitted the necessary documents for his participation to the Central Election Commission of Moldova (CEC) on 2 September.[2][3] However, on 29 September, Costaș announced that he would withdraw his candidacy due to the "violation by state institutions of the constitutional provisions regarding the election of the president" and urged other candidates to do the same.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Generalul Ion Costaș, un alt pretendent la fotoliul prezidențial". Radio Europa Liberă Moldova (in Romanian). 2 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Generalul Ion Costaș candidează independent la prezidențiale. A depus actele la CEC". IPN (in Romanian). 2 September 2020.
  4. ^ Botnarenco, Iurii (29 September 2020). "Generalul Ion Costaș anunță că nu mai participă la alegerile prezidențiale". Adevărul Moldova (in Romanian).
  5. ^ Untila, Stela (29 September 2020). ""Alegerile respective sunt ilegale". Încă un pretendent a anunțat că se retrage din cursa electorală pentru prezidențiale". NewsMaker (in Romanian).

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