Hey Liz! Cool you went somewhere that officially doesn’t exist! I actually had heard of Transnistria’s existance, although it was entirely down to the BBC show Places That Don’t Exist. Have you seen it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5A8KtzzzVQ
Great video. In “The Moldovans” Charles King gets really into the sources of the conflict. Did you know Transnistria entered the USSR in the 1920s, whereas Moldova only entered after WWII? For this reason socialism in Transnistria was more “developed” and thus Tiraspol was actually more powerful than Chisinau in many ways (more factories, Red Army was stationed there, etc.). They also had more allegiance to Moscow, especially with the presence of the Red Army. When it became clear that Moldova was going to become independent, the Soviet elites in Tiraspol didn’t want to cede power to the nationalists Chisinau and so they broke away. So interesting! Anyways, I think these days it is more kleptocratic than communist. Thanks for your awesome video!
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