Nikolai Gikalo

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Nikolay Gikalo
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First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party
In office
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Born (1897-03-08)March 8, 1897
Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire
Died April 25, 1938(1938-04-25) (aged 41)
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Nikolay Fyodorovich Gikalo (Russian: Николай Фёдорович Гикало; born March 8, 1897, Odessa, Kherson Governorate – April 25, 1938) was a Soviet revolutionary and statesman. From 1915 he served in the Russian Imperial Army, in 1917 he joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks). He commanded the Red Army in the fight against the White Army in the Northern Caucasus. He was first secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party from 1929 to August 1930, first secretary of the Communist Party of the Uzbek SSR from April 1929 to June 11, 1929 and first secretary of the Communist Party of the Belorussian SSR from January 18, 1932, to March 18, 1937. During the Great Purge, Gikalo was arrested, accused of plotting against the Soviet state, sentenced to death and executed on April 25, 1938. He was exonerated posthumously in 1955.[1]

A city in Chechnya is named after him.

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