AriRusila's Conflicts

Today I was searching some information about Transnistria – aka Pridnestrovie – and found a probably official web-portal of this not recognized state. Originally Transnistria called my attention first because its quite ready statehood elements without outside recognition, second because of changed circumstances in respect for international law after Kosovo unilateral declaration of independence and thirdly because I predicted that Trandnistria could be the next tinderbox of separatism between Georgian conflict and coming troubles in Ukraine.

In any case my bet is that in western Europe here is lack of wider knowledge over Transdnistria and therefore I copy here Ten things you maybe didn’t know about the place. Of course one can have some reservations due the reason that material is from “official” web-sites; however if you go to original source you can have more information about every point, compare it to other information available and make your own conclusions.

Here are some quick facts that will no doubt surprise you:

10: Double of Iceland’s population

9: Multi-party democracy

8: Signed UN human rights charters

7: Market based economy

6: A total of 35 nationalities live here

5: OSCE-ruled elections

4: “Clean” report from EU border monitors

3: Historically, never part of Moldova

2: Industrial powerhouse

1: Government success

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  1. None of the above facts is surprising, especially that they come from “official” websites. These days even Belarus claims to be democratic, why wouldn’t a country which is basically an industrial region settled by a whole Russian army do so as well.

    Find me a government official of Transnistria who was born there and was not an officer in the Russian army and I might find some relevance in the above mentioned facts.

    The only real issue raised above is the one dealing with its historical background. Not that I’d be one who cares for historical arguments in settling present-day realities, but wouldn’t that put it more in the Ukrainian sphere of influence? If it wasn’t Moldovan (which it was and was not, as centuries went by), it most certainly was not.. Transnistrian.

    Points 9, 7, 6, 4, 2 and 1 are obviously fake in any case.

    Striking in their peculiarity as legitimate claims are especially:

    -A market-based economy and industrial powerhouse when the country’s income comes from money laundring, drug trafficking and pretty much any crime you can imagine – come on.

    -Government success when it’s run like a crime syndicate.

    It is a good bet that were it not to be the biggest haven in Europe for mobsters and “rakets”, it would have been supported for independence a long time ago. Ignoring the totalitarian rule and occasional assassinations – hey those happen in the Balkans all the time.

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