Transnistria: back to the USSR?

April 21, 2018

Transnistria, locally called by its Russian name ‘Pridnestrovie’ is a small breakaway state along the River Dniester that is sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine.  The state officially declared it’s independence from Moldova on 2nd September 1990; however this independence has never been internationally recognised (except by South Osetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh which are not internationally recognised either). 

 

A Communist advert showing the number of years of Transnistrian Independence. 

 

 

This thin strip of land is home to more than 500,000 people, most in possession of a Transnistrian passport that is not valid abroad – thankfully each citizen in addition, normally holds either a Moldovan, Ukrainian or Russian passport too.  The country has a fully functioning Government, an army, border control checkpoints and a currency – everything that makes it sound like an independent nation – but it isn’t and not a single member of the United Nations recognises its existence. 

 

The flag of Transnistria bears the hammer and sickle – a communist symbol that was adopted during the Russian Revolution – and this flag can often be seen flying next to the Russian flag showcasing just where the heart belongs.  

 

Welcome to Tiraspol…

 

Monument to Suvorov opposite De Wollant Park on 25th October Street.

 

 

Memorial of Glory commemorates the Veterans and the dead of the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet-Afghan War and the Transnistria War - 25th October Street.

 

 

Movie theater along 25th October Street

 

 

Movie theater along 25th October Street

 

 

Tank memorial on 25th October Street 

 

 

Tank memorial on 25th October Street 

 

 

A statue of Lenin in front of the Transnistrian parliament building on 25th October Street

 

 

An old car 

 

 

Soviet style architecture

 

 

Soviet style architecture

 

 

The Christmas Cathedral (Russian Orthodox Church) a few minutes walk from 25th October Street

 

 

"я люблю тебя" means "I love you" in Russian... and "я HEART Тирасполь" means, well I am sure you can guess! 

 

 

The Presentation of the Child Jesus Church along Strada Lenin (on the way to the railway station)

 

 

The path leading to the Presentation of the Child Jesus Church along Strada Lenin 

 

 

How to get to Tiraspol

 

For travel options to or from Chişinău, Odesa or Kiev, it's best to read my journal entry "Chişinău to Tiraspol" and "How to travel by train in Moldova" for more information. 

 

Currency 

 

The currency of Transnistria is the ruble.  Each ruble can be divided into 100 kopecks.  As the country is a state with limited international recognition, the currency is not accepted outside of Transnistria and internationally issued credit or debit cards will generally not work in ATMs or shops.  In the event you actually find an ATM that accepts your foreign issued card, it will be probably be Russian ruble’s that you’ll be withdrawing.

 

Money exchange offices are available throughout the city (including at the railway station) although most operate during normal day time hours only so it’s best to have enough cash to get you through the evening and night.

 

A money exchange kiosk at Tiraspol railway station (1€ = approximately 20 Transnistrian rubles)

 

 

 

 

Photo Journal

 

There are always more photos to be shared, but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr “Moldova–2018” albums.

 

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