Reporting in Transnistria. “A country that doesn’t exist” fears it will be the next step

The blue roofs of Quixinau Bus Station extend behind the largest market in the Moldovan capital. People are steadily filling bags of cheese, meat, vegetables and the obligatory placinte – Moldovan bread stuffed with cheese – waiting for minibuses, one of the most important forms of public transport in Eastern Europe, to be the most common form of public transport in Eastern Europe. They carry up to 15 passengers on round trips between Quixinau and the rest of the country.

Every day, hundreds of people travel en route to the breakaway enclave of Transnistria. They are people who work in Moldova and the elderly who come for shopping. The journey from Quixina to Tiraspol, the heart of Moldova’s self-proclaimed Republic of Pridnestrovia, takes an hour and a half, a 74-kilometer paved, four-lane regional road that squeezes between the metal houses and dirt in the suburbs. two military posts in Bender. The document was not verified at the first inspection, with two young soldiers glancing quickly, just outside. A little further afield, a Transnistrian armed enlisted tells him to stop and step into the minivan.

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