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Flag of Hîncești
Coat of arms of Hîncești
Coat of arms
Hîncești is located in Moldova
Location within Moldova
Coordinates: 46°49′N 28°35′E / 46.817°N 28.583°E / 46.817; 28.583Coordinates: 46°49′N 28°35′E / 46.817°N 28.583°E / 46.817; 28.583
Country  Moldova
District Hîncești District
 • Mayor Alexandru Botnari, re-elected in 2015
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 12,491
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code MD-3401
Area code(s) +373 269
Climate Dfb

Hîncești (Romanian pronunciation: [hɨnˈt͡ʃeʃtʲ]; Cyrillic: Хынчешть; Russian: Ганчéшты/Хынчешты, translit. Gancheshty/Hyncheshty) is a city and municipality[2] in Moldova.

Hîncești is situated on the Cogîlnic River, 33 km (21 mi) southwest of the Moldovan capital, Chișinău. Since 2003 it has been the seat of Hîncești District.


Manuc Bei's Mansion in Hîncești

Hîncești was established in 1500 AD as Dobreni.[3] [4] Within the Russian Empire it was known under the Russified name Gincheshty (Гинчешты), but in Romanian Hîncești. In 1940 the name was changed to Kotovskoe after Grigore Kotovski, who was born there. But from 1941 to 1944 it was again known as Hîncești. From 1945 to 1965 it was called Kotovskoe, which in 1965 was changed to Kotovsk. Since 1990 it is again called Hîncești.


In 1890 Hîncești had 3,098 people. By 1970 the population was 14.3 thousand, and by 1991, 19.3 thousand. At the 2006 census it had 19.5 thousand residents.


There are four Lyceum (junior colleges) in Hîncești:

  • Mihai Viteazul Lyceum
  • M. Lomonosov Lyceum
  • Mihai Sadoveanu Lyceum
  • M. Eminescu Lyceum
  • Timotei Batrinu Scoala de Arte

Notable citizens[edit]

  • Leonid Abramovich Anulov (1897–1974), a Soviet intelligence officer, organizer of clandestine intelligence networks (the so-called "Red Orchestra") in Switzerland.
  • Grigory Ivanovich Kotowski (1881–1925), Soviet military leader and Communist activist.
  • Yankl Yankelevich (1905–1938), Jewish poet who wrote in Yiddish

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Hîncești is twinned with: