Peace-keepers or warriors?


Moldova has 225 kilometres of border unrecognized by anyone in the world. 15 military stations are installed and over 1000 armed soldiers are located by this border. The journalist Alina Radu spoke in a TV investigation about broken human rights and lives during 20 years in a peacekeeping area.
For 20 years, Russian-owned tanks, helicopters and ... Read More »

“Paradise Island” is now suspended…


In 2009, Balti Mayor’s Office offered to the private company “Insula Paradisului” (Paradise Island) a land plot with the area of 3.42 ha for construction of residential settlement in Balti city (Republic of Moldova). For this, the company had to transfer for free 9% of the total area of 14,400 sq m into the ownership ... Read More »

Transnistria – Europe’s hub of smuggling and trafficking


Only 170 kilometres away from the European Union’s eastern border there is a strip of land which for two decades has played chess with countries on three continents.
Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika – or Transnistria – is a breakaway state of Republic of Moldova with no international recognition. A self-declared independent country, Transnistria is a nucleus of ... Read More »

When Sand Is as Precious as Gold


The river Nistru at the borders of Ukraine, Moldova and the self-declared repuclic of Transnistria is small, but the sand on the bottom of it is as good as money, as the Moldovian reporter Natalia Barbier discovered.
In her report published in the newspaper ‘Panorama’ on May 24, 2011 she explains how conflicting laws made it ... Read More »

Illegal Auto Repair Shops Flourish in Moldova


In Balti city of Moldova, over 150 companies have permission to carry out the car repair works; however, tens of others work unofficially: without registration, without permission and … without obligations. The journalist Marina Bzovaia investigated the illegal car repair business in Balti.
The so-called “garage-based” car repair is flourishing in Balti due the imperfection of ... Read More »


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