Transnistria Tiraspol – Independence day celebrations.

Tiraspol is the second  biggest city in Moldova and the Capital of Transnistria, because Moldova do not recognize the existence of Transnistria and think of it a Moldova territory.

Transnitria is celebrating it’s independence day the 2. September. There is a military procession at 0900. And in Tiraspol they mean business celebrating Independence day. Everybody is out celebrating. Young as well as old. And they are celebrating extra hard, maybe because the state is surrounded by nations that do not recognize the existence of Transnistria. When under outside pressure people will tend to move closer together, like in war.

As a bonus, if you cannot make it the 2nd September, there is also a military parade at 9 may to commemorate victory day in the great patriotic war. This of cause make the ties to Russia pretty obvious.



It is a Fantastic event. There is a Barbie going on all over. Food from the whole region is displayed. And a lot of people get their photos taken with people in folk costumes. Later a big band was playing and the president made a speech. The securities tightens. Lots of singing and lots of drinking.  There is also a another article about Transnistria. Link below

Transnistria – A perfect little Soviet sattelite state

It is a wonderful day out. People are very interested in why tourists are coming to Tiraspol. It seems like this country is in some way under the radar of the international community. I didn’t know about the country before I went there.   It click all the boxes of originality and interest, The lack of tourist infrastructure make this a great visit.

Was invited many times to join in the celebration.  And as a tourist, you needed to adjust your conduct. Normally when somebody approaches you, the parades goes up. Normally because somebody wants something from you. In Transnistria this was never the case.

If you can make it to the independence day celebration, you are in for a special treat. If not, go anyway. It is a special community trapped in a time wrap.


Transnistria – A perfect little Soviet sattelite state

Transnistria – a country that dosen’t exist.

Transnistria is a bit of land between Moldova and Ukraine near the Dnestr River. It broke ties with Moldova and declared independence 1990 resulting in a civil war ending in 1992  It is a fully working state with police, army and currency (transnistria Ruble). It has not been recognised by any United Nations member and rely heavely on Russian subvention. Belowe is a pictureframe of Putin at Dnestr.

Putin at Dnestr

There is absolutely no reason not to go to Transnistra. The people are really friendly and its kind of fun, that the country do not exist Official. Do not be let on by the old stories of the borderproblems. Nowadays it is fast and easy to get in and out.

In many way it is just like a fairy tale about communism like it should be. Marx didn’t define Communism other than as a paradise utopia that followed socialism.  Maybe Transnistria is it  Not that life is not hard in Transnisstria. It is. This enclave is frozen in time.


Tiraspol is the Capital of Transnistria. Here there are still many of the soviet statues of Lenin and big impressive soviet communist buildings along the main street.


Well, It is impossible to get enough of Lenin. In Tiraspol he is still around.

There is another blog post about Tiraspol, see below .

Transnistria Tiraspol – Independence day celebrations.

In the backstreet the nice and easy life of the citizens of Tiraspol is lived.

On the production side nothing really seems to work. Lots of factories was abandoned. But this is the same all over the world. Or maybe the closure of the factories are a result of the civil war?


Is a city close to the border with Moldova. Known for Bender Fortress and little else. I didn’t like the fortress much. It was crudely renovated with big blocks of cement, and that was not invented in 1538. However I think there is other more interesting thing to do in Bender.

And yes!!! –  There is a green Lenin in the park.