A Post-Communist Sliver

A quirky article in the New York Times today, about a tiny sliver of a would-be country.  It’s a break-away from a break-away, a region which broke away from one of the post-Soviet republics, which in turn had broken away from the USSR.  It shows the power of nationalism, even today, in the post-Communist world, and also says something about Russia policy in the region.  Check it out if you’re interested.

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2 Responses to A Post-Communist Sliver

  1. AaronSB says:

    This article was really interesting I never realized that there are many regions in the world that wish to operate independent of powerful countries and do so, while still needing the aide and recognition of that country to survive. Countries in this “Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations” really seem to have a strong sense of “Soviet nostalgia,” these ideals are too ingrained into their culture to discontinue them. One of the real problems here seems to be something Transnistrian cannot control, its location. Transnistrian will avoid merging with Moldova at all costs but it is not close enough to Russia to become absorbed by them. This is certainly a very pressing issue for the European Union, Moldova and of course Transnistrian itself. Reading this wiki travel link was interesting because it shows you how peculiar a country Transnistrian is with the various cultures and customs it incorporates:


  2. Pho says:

    I found this article interesting because I’ve never even heard of Transnistria and I know very little about Moldova. But what stuck out to me most was the fact that Transnistria is trapped in a stalemate. Transnistria needs Russian support but despite this Russia is still considering whether this statelet benefits them or whether it will remain a liability. I agree with Aaron in that location is an obstacle for Transnistria because it is already independent from Moldova and wants to remain as such but it isn’t close enough to Russia in order to be integrated into the country. However, there is still land owned by Russia (between Lithuania and Poland) that is far away from the large portion of the country. This part of Russia, which was once thought to hinder the country because of its isolation from Russia’s mainland, is now benefiting because of its proximity to the EU. I believe that if Russia fully takes control of Transnistria, that statelet can do the same in benefiting Russia as opposed to disabling it.

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