The last remnant of the Soviet Union. Strange flags, statues of Lenin, vodka for a dollar, and more hammers and sickles than you could shake a stick at. Why not tryout living in Transnistria? The capital city is Tiraspol. Until , Transnistria was run by President Smirnov. They miss him now.
13 top things to do in Tiraspol Transnistria
Transnistria - Brides and Bribes in Eastern Europe's Breakaway Territory
Born in , Sakalova belongs to a generation that has known only the State of Transnistria — a territory born out of the ashes of the USSR in and officially under the control of the Moldovan authorities, but which is de facto independent and supported financially by Russia. Her one wish is to see the independence of Transnistria recognised at last and she is desperate to be able to travel freely on her Transnistrian passport; her identity papers currently give her no rights abroad. A young woman with blue eyes and long hair, Sakalova seems determined and self-assured. As a bright literature student involved in university life, she could have gone to finish her studies abroad as all her friends have done. But she made a different choice: to stay in Transnistria and set up her own business. Since last year, she has been growing strawberries, which she sells at the local market. Finding that their qualifications are worthless, many students leave the country.
What it’s like visiting Transnistria, a place that doesn’t officially exist
Transnistria , officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic PMR , [b] is a breakaway state in the narrow strip of land between the river Dniester and the Ukrainian border that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova. Its capital is Tiraspol. Transnistria has been recognised only by three other mostly unrecognised breakaway states: Abkhazia , Artsakh , and South Ossetia. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union , tensions between Moldova and the breakaway Transnistrian territory escalated into a military conflict that started in March and was concluded by a ceasefire in July of the same year. As part of that agreement, a three-party Russia, Moldova, Transnistria Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarised zone , comprising twenty localities on both sides of the river.
This post is a travelguide about the best things to to do in Tiraspol and why you should travel to Transnistria. I decided to travel to Transnistria during independence day in September and had a great experience. Let me explain why you should travel to Transnistria too before I delve into the best things to do in Tiraspol, its quirky capital.