Transnistria: a country without recognition
Transnistria actually means "beyond the Dniester". However, the inhabitants prefer the name Pridnestrovie. Only a narrow strip between the Dniester River and Ukraine forms this de facto state, which is part of the Republic of Moldova under international law.
Transnistria has been independent of Moldova since 1992. With less than 500,000 inhabitants, it has its own government, flag, passports and anthem, currency, administration and a military. Only international recognition has so far been denied.
In Tiraspol, we met Anton Dendemarchenko. He guides tourists through beautiful plattenbau cityscapes and atmospheric lost places from USSR era.