It's Hard Being Young in a Country That Doesn't Exist
Photographer Anton Polyakov's latest project documents how young people in Transnistria are struggling to establish some form of youth culture.
Photos from Transnistria, the Country That Doesn't Exist
The United Nations may not formally recognize the country's independence, but 500,000 Transnistrians deserve to be seen.
I Went to a Country that Doesn’t Exist to Drink Its Famous Brandy
Located between Moldova and the Ukraine, Transnistria has yet to receive any international acknowledgement that it actually exists. Despite that, it happens to produce some extremely fine—and extremely expensive—brandy.
Moldova Arrests 13 Accused of Plotting to Establish Russian Separatist Republic
Moldovan authorities detained 13 suspected members of a paramilitary group accused of plotting to attack the capital and seize control of another city.
defense & security
Romania Is Starting to Freak Out About Russian Designs on Transnistria
Romania, a NATO member, is reversing years of military neglect, spurred by fears that it could end up with front-row seats for a Transnistrian replay of last year's events in Ukraine and Crimea.
Torie Rose DeGhett
Could One of the World's Biggest Bank Scandals Be Good for Russia?
Following the disappearance of a billion dollars from three Moldovan banks, protests have spiralled in the country's capital. Russian media is eager to paint the unrest as a Maidan-style revolution.
Five Hundred Soldiers Fought Against One AK-47 Wielding Bride in Moldova
The military exercise also included threats such as a band of hooligans armed with sticks and drunk wedding guests engaging in local folk dance.
I Was Arrested for Murder in Transnistria
The territory is officially recognized as a rebelling region within Moldova’s international borders. It’s not exactly an easy place to get to; there are no commercial flights and its neighbors are fairly hostile. Law enforcement there is a little...
John Dennehy, Craig "Questions" Scott
Moldova Has Politely Asked Russia to Move Europe's Largest Weapons Stockpile
Transnistria is sitting on what’s reputed to be the largest weapons stockpile in Europe — and is essentially a prepositioned Russian army.
The Other Side of the Same Coin: Meet Moscow's Parachute Politicians in Eastern Ukraine
The latest arrival from Moscow in war-torn eastern Ukraine joins a group of enactors of policy that come from the very top.
The Unrecognized Nation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Faces an Uncertain Future
From 1988 to 1994, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over the terrain in a war that killed up to 30,000 people.
war and conflict
Tensions Are High in the Tiny Repressed Region of Transnistria
There's speculation that it could be the next Crimea, another victim of Putin's sudden desire to put the Soviet Union back together.