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.

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.

Hitler’s Carrots

In my own personal life, for reasons that are valid for me alone, I have been a vegetarian for nigh on 20 years. I live in a part of the world where meat eating is almost mandatory, but I still manage to persevere. I never judge anyone else for what they eat, and I don’t…

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…

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…

Monumental Stupidity

While it’s apparently perfectly acceptable to honor American soldiers who dropped bombs on innocent civilians with two separate monuments in the same city that they attacked, the deputy mayor of Bucharest is now agitating for a small park in the city to be renamed because it honors a Soviet general. Located in northeastern Bucharest, Tolbukhin…