Transnistria: Europe’s other Crimea
Pro-Russian region carved out of Moldova could be an example of where parts of
Ukraine are headed as tensions mount.
Andrew Connelly Last updated: 14 Mar 2014 22:05
Tiraspol – As the political crisis in Crimea deepens amid the prospect of the region joining Russia after the looming referendum, it is easy to overlook another post-Soviet republic’s gestures to the West and the potential flashpoint coming from its own restive Russophile region.
But residents in the capital Tiraspol, like shop assistant Nadya, disagree. “Life here is better than Moldova. Russia invests a lot of money in hospitals, kindergartens and other infrastructure. It would be nice to be independent but if we were reunited with Russia then that would be even better, like the Crimea.”
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