I wanna explain about Transdniester in this article. Maybe a lot of people have such a same question: What is Transdniester? Transdniester is country? In fact Transdniester is not formal country but abnormal country….
Transdniester was “independent” from Republic of Moldova in 1990. Although nobody admit Transdniester as “formal country, Republic of Moldova have not controlled that area. So Transdniester has original flag, emblem, currency and so on. Also Transdniester has used flag of Moldova SSR as official flag even now! So USSR is alive in there!
Travel in Transdniester and capital Tiraspol.
So I decided to go to Tiraspol which is capital of Transdniester before visiting Moldova. Firstly I got on the mini bus for Tiraspol from Chisinau central bus terminal. I arrived in “borderline between republic of Moldova and Transdniester. Of course I was not taken passport control by Moldavian police. Because Moldova do not admit Transdniester as independent country. After going beyond borderline I had to get off the bus to take passport control by Transdniester police. He said do you speak Russian in Russian language. I said da(YES)! . So he asked me where do you go and why do you visit Transdniester? in fluent Russian. Of course I answered in Russian. So he gave me mini paper which is so important document in visiting Transdniester. Don’t lost!
I got off the bus in front of Tiraspol train station. I must say that there are not any information center and maps in Transdniester! I guess Transdniester government which do not know google earth see map as secret and important information like USSR. So If you decide to visit there, you must download map from google earth or use offline map.
Anyway I began to walk for center of Tiraspol. I amazed street name” Lenin street” ! But the letter was so strange! Look upper the photo. First language is Russian, that is OK. But what is second language? That is Moldavian language. Romanian language which is official language in Moldova was written in Cyrillic letter as Moldavian language in USSR era. So even now Transdniester do not use Romanian language as official language.
That is NOW!
I walked along main street. There were no advertisement which you can see in capitalism country. Instead there were some huge political propaganda” live with republic for 25 years!” For me such a sovietic propaganda poster is so funny. If someone exchange people and poser with North Korean people and poster, that will be Pyongyang! Huge building and Huge street!
I visited historical museum where it is located in front of statue Lenin. I found flag and emblem of Transdniester. I said to staff” Oh the emblem is like USSR in Russian. She said ” NO! that is NOW so angrily. I just said Yes.Also I found very interesting flag which consists of flag of Transdniester and Russian flag and is written” WITH RUSSIA! I understand Russian government support Transdniester to leave influence against Moldova. I asked staff: I heard people in Transdniester agree that this country become one republic country in Russian. That is true? She said YES! of course! Here is not Moldova but Russian!.