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TRANSDNIESTR


Location - Eastern Europe (part of Moldova); Capital - Tiraspol; Population - 550,000; Currency - Transdniestrian Ruble

Transdniestr (also spelt Transnistria, Transdniester and Trans-Dniester) or the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), is a breakaway Soviet-style republic that waged an independence war against Moldova in 1992. Though still part of Moldova and not recognised by anyone bar South Ossetia and Abkhazia, in practice it's like entering a separate country. Wikipedia info BBC write-up

Take a bus from Chisinau, complete the border formalities, buy the local currency and try your hand at speaking Russian and reading the Cyrillic alphabet (as opposed to Moldovan and the Latin script) - April 2012.

 

transdniestrnote4The current version of the Transdniestrian Ruble was introduced in 2000, following years of rampant inflation. It's now stabilised but the currency is useless outside its borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd2Nataly (Ukraine), Brett (US), Fernando and Alberto (Spain) pose outside a currency exchange booth at Tiraspol bus station

 

transd1Tiraspol bus station - it's about two and a half hours by bus to the Transdniestrian capital, which included about 45 minutes negotiating the 'border'

 

 

transd4The first point of interest walking from the bus station to the city centre is Kirov Park - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd4bMore posing, this time on the bell tower staircase in Kirov Park - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd8Like the rest of Moldova there's quite a few horse and carts trotting around - Tiraspol

 

transd7Close to Kirov Park is the Kvint factory, which produces top quality brandy, some of which are dirt cheap - Tiraspol

 

transd7aI turned my nose up at a 30Ruble bottle and plumped for the far more expensive 33Ruble vintage (1Euro=14.6Rubles).
If you're looking for a decent tipple aim at spending a bit more than 2 Euros.. Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd9A trolleybus on the streets of Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd12The House of Soviets on Ulitsa 25 Oktober - Tiraspol

 

transd13A Soviet star and the red and green flag of Transdniestr flies above the House of Soviets - Tiraspol

 

 

transd15Lenin keeps watch outside the House of Soviets - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd17A gallery of honorable citizens of Tiraspol lines the House of Soviets.
I don't know who they are and the captions are in Cyrillic, though I did spot an astronaut in there - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd18I'm guessing these people, next to the House of Soviets, are prominent Transdniestr politicians - Tiraspol

 

transd19Transdniestr translates to 'beyond the river Dniestr' and this is the Dniestr River, as seen from Hotel Aist - Tiraspol

 

transd21Presumably this billboard poster on Ulitsa 25 Oktober celebrates 20 years of independence - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd22The Museum of Headquarters was closed when I passed by - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd24Outside a supermarket on Ulitsa 25 Oktober - Tiraspol

 

transd25A Soviet-style collage at Ploshchad Konstitutii - Tiraspol

 

transd27The Moldovan language is virtually the same as Romanian and written in the Latin script, whereas Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd61It's that man Lenin again, this time guarding the Presidential Palace - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd28The Transdniestr coat of arms includes the Communist symbol of the hammer and sickle - Tiraspol

 

transd30Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, aka Lenin, former leader of the Bolsheviks and the Soviet Union, and instigator of the 1917 Russian Revolution - Tiraspol

 

transd36Current president of Transdniestr Igor Smirnov rules from the Presidential Palace - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd35Near the entrance to the Tiraspol National United Museum - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd32The Transdniestr coat of arms inside the Tiraspol National United Museum - Tiraspol

 

transd33A Transdniestr flag from the 1992 independence war - Tiraspol

 

transd37A War Memorial dedicated to those who died in the 1992 independence war lies next to the museum - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd40It lists those who died during the war - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd38The memorial is also dedicated to those who died in Afghanistan - Tiraspol

 

transd46The Heroes' Cemetery with its Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an eternal flame - Tiraspol

 

transd43 The War Memorial complex - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd45A chapel lies next to the cemetery - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd47Also part of the War Memorial is a Soviet war tank - Tiraspol

 

transd49The Soviet tank, with the Presidential Palace and Lenin in the background - Tiraspol

 

transd51The War Memorial lies between Ulitsa 15 Oktober and the Dniestr River - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd52The area on the right looks like an artificial beach on the banks of the Dniestr - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd53A spot of fishing in the Dniestr - Tiraspol

 

transd54A mini-market next to the river - Tiraspol

 

transd55A monument to the founder of the city of Tiraspol, Russian General Alexander Suvorov - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd56The monument is in the grounds of Ploshchad Konstitutii - Tiraspol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd59The Nativity Church is a Russian orthodox church in Tiraspol

 

transd647 Fridays is a good place for a drink and a bite to eat. It feels a world away from any Soviet model of communism - Tiraspol

 

transd66Crossing the Dniestr River via the Bendery-Tiraspol bridge - Bendery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd72The Bendery-Tiraspol bridge at Bendery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd68Next to the bridge is a Memorial Park for those who died during Transdniestr's war of independence - Bendery

 

transd69The flag of Transdniestr flies above the tank in the Memorial Park - Bendery

 

transd70Next to the tank is an eternal flame, leading to the memorial - Bendery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd71A not-so-good photo of Tighina Fortress. It used to be part of a military training ground but is now open to the public (unless you arrive really early like me) - Bendery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transd73I was in a rush to leave Transdniestr within my 24-hour permit (see photo below) so only had time for a quick look around Bendery

 

transd74aA Transdniestr entry form.


As Moldova doesn't recognise the territory as a separate state there's no Moldovan exit formalities. Complete the entry form above (there's embarkation and disembarkation sections, the above being the latter) and hope that you're given enough time!

I hoped to stay overnight and return to Chisinau the following evening. However - as seen at the bottom of my entry form in blue - I was given 24 hours precisely and had to leave by 11:20 the next morning. At least I got to stay overnight, at Hotel Aist. Stays of over 24 hours involve registering with OVIR and paying a small fee. Payment of border bribes are now less common.

Getting into the territory took around 45 minutes, which primarily consisted of queueing in a fairly random line at the 'border'. I imagined it would take a similar amount of time to leave, but all was done onboard the bus within five minutes - I just handed in the disembarkation form above.

 

Transdniestr notes:

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LINKS

www.autogara.md - Bus timetable information, including Chisinau-Tiraspol

www.romaniaandmoldova.com - With a Transdniestr travel guide section

http://wikitravel.org/en/Transnistria

 

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