The bitterly poor region of Transnistria seceded from the Republic of Moldova in 1992, no state recognizes the autonomy. A visit shows that time seems to have stopped, because the spirit of the Soviet Union hovers over everything – for example, in the form of numerous statues of Lenin.
“There are still a lot of fairy tales and myths about Transnistria. That Transnistria is a rogue state, is an absurdistan and so on and so forth.“
A young man, 28 years old, slim and short-haired. He is also friendly, cool and casual. But most importantly, he has an assignment: “As a Transnistrian patriot, Andrei Nikolayevich Smolensky, I want to convey an objective, unbiased, sincere picture of my homeland, so that people in Germany really understand that Transnistria is not a ‘black hole’.“
Transnistria is 200 kilometers long, but in some cases only two kilometers wide and is located between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Officially, the region is called Pridnestrovia, or Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – PMR for short. A good 500,000 people live here.
“Through this little guided tour, you – dear listeners – have gained an internal brief insight into the life of the local market.“
After the shopping is stowed away, we go to the sandy beach of the Dniester in the middle of the city. The river originates in the Carpathians and flows into the Black Sea.
Is Transnistria part of Russia?
Is there a country called Transnistria?
Can Americans enter Transnistria?
What language is spoken in Transnistria?