Myth #36: Transnistria gets free gas from Russia

In the “old days,” all three were part of the Soviet Union’s power grid, specifically what is now called the IPS or the Единая энергетическая система.

What this effectively means is that all three countries’ energy systems (both natural gas and electricity) are still hooked up together although operated separately. Continue reading Myth #36: Transnistria gets free gas from Russia

Loony Gas

Word Count: 1655 Lately, I’ve been up to my eyeballs dealing with personal problems, but even so I managed to note that Victoria Nuland, Romania’s frenemy, made a brief stop in Bucharest on Wednesday (Jan 14) for private meetings with PM Victor Ponta and newly-elected President Herr Klaus, as well as the usual coterie of interlocutors. All that was normal, and to be expected, as … Continue reading Loony Gas

Pot versus Kettle

Unbeknownst to me, on the exact same day that I was writing my Moldovan parliamentary elections post, a writer named Andrew Higgins in America was busy writing an article for a major newspaper that was tangentially related to my article. In my post, I suggested that much of the anti-Russian hysteria was unjustified and vastly inflated, and several people angrily commented that I had it … Continue reading Pot versus Kettle