Virgil Trofin

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Virgil Trofin (July 24, 1926 – June 1984) was a Romanian communist activist and politician, who served as minister under the Communist regime.


Born in Vaslui, Trofin had an early career as a mechanical fitter and boilermaker. He was relatively close to Communist Party leader Ana Pauker before she was purged from office in 1953: he named his daughter in her honor (a common habit among prominent communists of the time).

Rallying with General Secretary Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, he was among the younger activists to be promoted by the latter in the wake of Pauker's downfall. From June 1956 to June 1964, he was First Secretary of the Union of Communist Youth., Radio Free Europe, February 17, 1971 In this capacity, Trofin spoke out against the Bucharest student movement in November 1956, declaring "We have to know how many enemies there are in our country and are trying to fight against our party".

His influence in the government increased due to his work in eliminating the primary obstacle to Nicolae Ceau┼čescu's rise to power, Gheorghe Apostol (during which time he joined the Politburo and Central Committee)., in The New York Times, July 7, 1984 A secretary of the Central Committee...
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