The Next Flashpoint: Transnistria

Transnistria is a semi-autonomous region of ethnic Russians in Moldova. It is governed de facto by the Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic. but lacks international recognition.  In 2006, the region held a referendum on independence and joining Russia, which was unrecognized by the international community and Moldova. While the international community may shy away from this region, the PMR has its own institutions and paramilitary forces. According to the BBC, “It has its own currency, constitution, parliament, flag and anthem.” The region is dominated by industrial manufacturing and Russian speaking elites. Most of the media is dominated by these elites and the PMR. Furthermore, Russian troops have dabbled in the area since the dismantling of the U.S.S.R.

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Maksymiuk, Jan. “Moldova: Transdniester Conflict Was Long in the Making.” RFE. September 15, 2006.

Reeve, Simon. “Places That Don’t Exist: Trans-Dniester.” Youtube. Four Parts. March 11, 2008.

RT. “Transdniester celebrates 20th anniversary of de facto independence.” Youtube. September 2, 2010.

Wikimedia Commons. “Atlas of Pridnestrovie.”


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