Magazine article Geographical

Back in the USSR: Heroic Adventures in Transnistria

Magazine article Geographical

Back in the USSR: Heroic Adventures in Transnistria

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BACK IN THE USSR: Heroic Adventures in Transnistria

by Rory MacLean and Nick Danziger, Unbound, sb; 15,64 [pounds sterling]

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In 1990, on the brink of the fall of the Soviet Union, officials in present-day Transnistria declared the region as a Pridnestrovian Moldavian Region (PMR). In 1991, Moldova (including Transnistria) would become independent of the then dissolved USSR. The PMR disagreed with independence and civil war broke out between the two sides. The Transnistria War raged until the summer of 1992 and established the de facto borders that we still see today.

A small territory in present day Moldova, Transnistria is only recognised by other break-away states Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Locals have Transnistrian documents including 'a Transnistria passport, which is useless for foreign travels'. MacLean recounts the stories of both the leaders and successful business people of Transnistria as well as the workers they lead, revealing their lives, hopes and contradictions in short narratives. 'New Soviet Man' is introduced as a model of a new ethos in which equality has been replaced by a notion of fairness. …

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