Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Transnistria (Moldova) -- Russia's Next "Rescue"

Transnistria, also known as Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, is a breakaway republic within the ex-Soviet state of Moldova. It is an autonomous territory, with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system and its own currency, constitution, flag, a national anthem, etc.

Landlocked and very small Transnistria is located between the Dniester River in Moldova and Ukraine. The region had been part of the Russian Empire since 1792. The War of Transnistria triggered the PMR's declaration of independence in 1990. Russian troops have remained in the region as a peacekeeping force since 1992, "protecting" the 300,000 and 400,000 Transnistrians (which are nothing more than ethnic Moldovans, ethnic Russians and Ukrainians.)

Russia has no problem supporting geographical regions outside of Russia that declare their independence, especially if those autonomous regions are within ex-Soviet states.

Transnistria will be one of the next regions rescued by the gallant Russians. South Ossetia and Abkhazia were just the first in a series.

1 comment:

carl said...

There are actually closer 550,000 inhabitants in Transdniestria and without a doubt the vast majority of them want independence.

Probably the most striking thing is that there hasn't ever been any ethnic cleansing there because even the ethnic Moldovans who live in Transdniestria are overwhelmingly in favour of independence.

This is a huge contrast to places like Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Kosovo, Northern Cyprus, etc. because in all of those places there are strict ethnic divisions between pro-independence and anti-independence groups.