Transnistria's History

Transnistria or Pridnestrovie as it’s known by the locals, declared independence following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1990; however the events that caused this were long in the making. Until 1940 Transnistria was an autonomous region of Ukraine, but in that year, as part of the secret Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the USSR was able to pressure Romania to transfer its Bessarabia region to Soviet control from which they created Moldova. They transferred the Ukrainian Transnistrian region to Moldova. A year later Romania regained the entire region when they sided with Germany in Operation Barbarossa. Between 1941-44 Romania occupied a region they called Transnistria which was far greater than the current state, but were driven out by the returning Red Army. Following WWII Transnistria was rebuilt, becoming the major centre for Moldavian industrial output attracting workers from other Soviet Republics. The population eventually formed a Russian-speaking majority.

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There was little enthusiasm for the breakup of the USSR in Transnistria and outright suspicion of Moldova’s ultimate plans. Many feared Moldova would unite with Romania, leaving the Russian and Ukrainian majority in the Transnistrian region as second class citizens. Since Moldova claimed the right to secede from the USSR, Transnistria claimed the right to secede from Moldova, which they did a few months after Moldova in 1990. Moldova’s attempts to forcibly reincorporate Transnistria caused a bloody conflict in 1992 and since this time the Russian Army maintain peace. However, Transnistria is a fascinating time capsule of the Soviet Union and is a really interesting and safe place to visit.

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