Handicrafts

No text today, just a fun picture of some handicrafts from the 2018 Chisinau Day celebrations in Moldova.

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.

The 7 Types of Romanians

Your biggest gripe is about the condition of the roads in Romania which are never fast enough or good enough. In your mind, development is identical to building roads. And the ultimate goal for the country is to “increase prosperity.” To that end, foreign investment, the IMF, World Bank, EU, and America are all “agents of good.”

Who Speaks for Moldova?

Week after week, month after month, year after year, it’s exactly the same. The bulk of everything you have ever heard or seen about Moldova in the news is more or less paid propaganda. It might be well-written (although it often isn’t), it may be based on facts, and it may be persuasive, but it sure as hell isn’t independent.

Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos

This morning, I woke up to see a very interesting Tweet come across my feed: 何でキリル文字???ソヴィエト時代に戻ったみたい!裏見たらTiraspolПриднестровьеPridnestrovieつまり沿ドニエストル共和国と日本語で紹介されてる、ロシアしか認めてない未承認国家の名前が!(≧∇≦) pic.twitter.com/5HIUGlo441 — 小林貴虎 (@eternalhigh) July 9, 2018 As you can see, it’s from someone in Japan, in this case, a man named Takatra Kobayashi who is a city councilor in a city named Tsu in Mie Prefecture. Somehow, he…

Pilgrim’s Progress

As long-time readers know, my life has taken a lot of strange twists and turns. But the one thing I never ever thought I’d be saying about myself is that I am the world’s greatest expert on Transnistria. Yes, I know. I realize that the topic is boring or irrelevant to 99% of my readers….

The Man Behind the Curtain Speaks

Although he normally toils away in obscurity, speaking only to his minions and the foreign governments that prop up his regime, Vladimir Plahotnyuk took the opportunity last week to speak to the press. The reason? Well, 2018 is a mandatory election year for parliament. Although people have been protesting (especially in the winter of 2016/17)…

I Can Now Predict the Future (in Moldova)

Over the weekend, I picked up this tiny little story (in Romanian) about an interview with Andrian Candu, the speaker of the Moldovan Parliament, that was printed in Latvijas Avize (in Latvian). I assume that the original interview was in Russian, but since it was printed in Latvian, I had to rely on the internet…

RIP, Democracy in Moldova

Well, today was a very sad and tragic day for the people of the Republic of Moldova, as now this country is officially a regime: A government, especially an authoritarian one. On paper, RM is a democracy, complete with elections, a parliament, and a head of state. But in reality, a single mob boss controls…

The Amazing Benefits of the 2-Christmas System

I’ve written about the surreal experience of living in a land with two Christmases before, but it wasn’t until this year that I learned to truly appreciate what a weird and serendipitous event the 2-Christmas System truly is. What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been Christmas has always been a weird holiday. Just 200 years…