The Two Shores of Dniéster

En Portada travels the two shores of the Dniéster River in Moldova.

The river limits the most forgotten conflict in Europe, the Transnitrian.

Travelling through the two shores of the Dniéster River on its crossing of Moldova, we find an unresolved conflict and very little known: the Transnitrian (in Romanian/Moldovan) or Pridnestrovia (in Russian), heirs of the dissolution of the former Soviet Union.

Transnistria or Pridnestrovia looks like the last Soviet bastion. When we celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, in this small European territory, of hardly 4,000 square kilometres, Lenin deserves all honors and Moscow is the big supporter.

The autoproclaimed Republic of Moldova Pridnestroviana broke with Moldova in September 1990, but not with the Soviet Union. Limited by the river Dniéster on the West and by Ukraine on the East, this small territory is also one of the frontiers in the strategic pulse between Russia, the European Union and the NATO in the East of Europe.

Nevertheless, until now, Pridnestrovina has not achieved the international recognition, not even by Moscow, its big ally. The citizens of Transnitria, mostly of Russian and Ukrainian origins, travel with Moldovan passport. Its main football team, the Sheriff of Tiráspol, has won several times the Moldovan league and plays in the European competitions. But this conflict, affects also the development at both sides of the Dniéster. Moldova is still the poorest country in Europe and the most unknown (receiving fewer foreign visitors than any other). In both sides, due to the lack of opportunities, their citizens can only see an exit in emigration, both to the East and the West.




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