In this post, we’ll be covering everything you need to know about transport, visas, currency, where to stay and corrupt border guards when you travel to Transnistria.
No, we’re not talking about Dracula’s home Transilvania. We’re talking about a tiny breakaway country between Ukraine and Moldova called Transnistria. Never heard of it?
Don’t feel bad. Technically, Transnistria doesn’t exist.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s got all the fun stuff real countries have. Government, currency, border controls, constitution, you name it. It’s just that none of this is actually recognized by any other country in the world. Confused?
Back when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Moldova had a bit of an issue. Transnistria, which at the time was a region in Moldova, didn’t want to stop living the soviet dream. Things went sour and Transnistria said: duck you Moldova, I’ll just be my own country. A short independence war later, the two countries decided to agree to disagree and the world continued saying Transnistria was still Moldova.
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Almost 30 years later, Transnistria is now dreaming of being annexed by good old Russia. Although the plan hit a little bump on the road in 2006 when Russia turned down the offer (ouch), the Russian presence in Transnistria is pretty obvious. There are a few Russian military bases for “peacekeeping purposes” and you can even get arrested by the KGB.
Oh, and then there’s this:
Our friend Seamus was handed this on Transnistria’s independence day on September 2nd. Don’t miss the guy strangling a bald eagle in the right corner! Oh you, propaganda machine.