Vangjush Vëllahu

Trans'nistria, 2016-17


Transnistria’s (officially known as Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) wish for independence began during the Soviet Union as a reaction to the Moldavian Romanisation. However the Soviet Union and also the Moldavian authorities declined its independence and Transnistria remained part of Moldavia. After the dissolution of the USSR, tensions between Moldova and the breakaway Transnistria territory escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in the same year. As part of that agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova and Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarised zone, comprising twenty localities on both sides of the river Dniester. Although the ceasefire has held, the territory's political status remains unresolved. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and coat of arms. It is the only country still using the hammer and sickle on its flag. Till now Transnistria’s de facto independence has been recognised only by South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia and it has a large Russian military defence.



11 min 50 sec

HD-Video, Color, Sound, Aspect Ratio 16:9


Interview with: Anonymous people in Tiraspol

Locations: Tiraspol, Percani, Bender (Transnistria, Moldavia)

Language: Audio English, Subtitles English

Support: Gavrilov Dmitri, Ioana Mitrea