Scared, Alone, and Paranoid in Transnistria

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to go visit Transnistria, the “country that doesn’t exist”, but, of course, very much does exist. But an unexpected burst of cold rain and a malfunctioning battery quickly turned our carefree day trip into something we could never have anticipated. This is a true story. Chisinau has several…

Romanian Cops Caught on Film Assaulting Prisoner

Hey folks, I apologize for being absent of late – lots of things going on, and we’ll catch up later on that. In the meantime, I came across this horrific video that triggered a lot of really painful memories. If your Romanian is a little rusty, what happened was that a young man (he looks…

Romanian Cops Engage In International Crime Spree

Ahh, it seems as though the good old Romanian police apparently are no longer satisfied with running scams in their own country and have decided to branch out to Denmark of all places. A Romanian thief was working at the behest of national authorities when he stole construction equipment from Danish firms, a report in…

Cops Arrest Tourists for Taking Selfies in Front of Klaus House

So far it’s only in Romanian, but two tourists were arrested in Sibiu yesterday for taking selfies on a public sidewalk near President Johannis Klaus’s house. My translation: A man and a woman were arrested and taken to the Sibiu Municipal Police station last night at 7:00pm by a team of gendarmes. The personal information…

Slippery fish

Wow! It looks like the traffic police in Ploiești had themselves quite an adventure Sunday night when an “aggressive female driver” led them on a lengthy chase. You can see Realitatea’s video report here or read about it in greater length here (all links in Romanian) but it seems like a drunk (or high) female…

Trigger Happy Cops in Ilfov

Well just a day after I lauded the peacefulness of Romania’s law enforcement officers, I came across this story (Rom) about a guy who was shot by police in Ilfov and died of his wounds. I know nothing about this case except for what’s in the news report but it looks like what the U.S….