As the Soviet Union broke up, tensions arose between the Romanian nationalists and Russian-speaking minorities in Moldova. The latter declared independence for Transnistria, the border area near Ukraine, in 1990, and won the subsequent war. A ceasefire has held since 1992 but the country remains unrecognised. It is possible to enter the country fro both Moldova and Ukraine.

The capitol, Tiraspol, has the architectural style and monuments that you would expect of a former Soviet city. Russian is the most widely-spoken language. Police bribes are less common than they used to be, but may be necessary. Once you are in, you are dependent on them completely to get back out.


Transnistria flag

Why you should go:

You won't be bothered by other tourists.

Why you shouldn't:

There is no diplomatic representation there.

Map of Transnistria