Tiraspol Local Customs

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    Transdniester Rouble
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    The capitol that ain't!

    by arturowan Updated Jan 29, 2014

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    Tiraspol' is the 'capitol' of the Pridnestrovian Republica of Moldaviya - I use inverted comma's, because it's an unrecognised capitol in a disputed territory, which is recognised by the UN as still constituting Moldova...
    0fficially it is a civil war zone, although there has not been a resumption in hostilities between the neighbours with the Dniester river running between them, since the original territorial split in 1990
    The War of Transnistria took place in 1992 - but received little international coverage...
    Rather than "war, war", these days both sides prefer, in the words of Winston Churchill, to "jaw, jaw" - each accusing the others government of being corrupt & a centre of international drugs, arms, & prostitute smuggling...
    Many claim that the disputed, TransDniester area is a throwback to the era behind 'the iron curtain' - however, centralised control from Moscow did not tolerate breakaway states, & intervened with a heavy use of troops, at just the hint of insurrection...
    In this respect, however unchanged the streets of Tiraspol' might be from bygone communist days, the fact it even claims to exist, is at distinct odds with all that was the Soviet Union ('sovyetskiy soyuz' = 'council of unions'...)
    Tiraspol' is very exact about its national identity, (despite the fact it's a small city in a country that when divided, is about half the size of an Englsih county), & as you can see from the photo, has chosen its national colours to stand out from its neighbours...
    For somewhere known for a past of drab, communist-era tower blocks, its primary school bright, flag of identity, is a stark contrast to the politics it's supposed to still represent...
    I cannot recommend or not, whether you visit Tiraspol', because I did not get there - I did not wish to go alone, because of all the scare stories I had read about crossing the border...
    However, though I feel rather a fake in adding this tip to somewhere I have not (yet) been, my original reason for visiting Ukraine was in order to meet some1 from Tiraspol' (!)
    I use an exclamation mark, because I have never met anybody quite like this person from Tiraspol' - even by the idiosyncratic nature reputed to 0dessans, (& she had lived in 0dessa half her life, because work is reputedly, uneasy to find in Tiraspol') my enigmatic host, was, in the words of Eddie Cochrane - Somethin'Else...
    The local slang for such a person, is 'teepcheek', which literally translates as; 'a type'...
    I still do not know what to make of her - I think she was what you might call, a flibberty-gibbet - anyway, she was so unreliable in introducing me to 'her' city of 0dessa, I did not care to push my luck & venture to Tiraspol', only 100km to the west...
    This is now a great regret, because I survived all that befell me in Ukraine, including the supposedly 'criminal city' of 0dessa...
    So, I reserve judgement on Tiraspol', until I actually go there, & knowing what I do now, about local attitudes, customs, & language, I hope I achieve this in the not so distant future...
    (The official 'yizik' of Tiraspol' is Russian, which includes a letter known as 'the soft sign', which affects the pronunciation of the final 'l' - see photo - therefore I use an apostrophe to indicate it...)

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    Currency - Transdniester Rouble

    by pure1942 Written Nov 3, 2011

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    Transdniester Rouble

    Since 1994 Transdniester has had its own currency, the Transdniester Rouble. Roughly equal to the Moldovan lei in value (€1 = 16MDL $1 = 11MDL) the rouble can only be used within Transdniester and is worthless outside the region. Dollars and even MDL may be accepted within Transdniester but you should change some currency to be on the safe side. You can easily change lei/hrivna/dollars/euros at the train/bus station on arrival in Tiraspol and you can change back whatever you have left over when leaving. Makes a nice souvenir too. Banknotes are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Transdniester also has its own coinage (kopecks).

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  • Use the Transnistrian Ruble

    by Jetgirly Written Oct 31, 2010

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    25- , 5- and 1-Ruble Notes in Transnistria

    Since 1994, Transnistria has been using its own currency. Previously, they had been using Soviet and Russian bills with little stickers stuck on! Today, there are about ten rubles to the US dollar.

    Because Transnistra isn't recognized internationally, the Transnistrian ruble isn't of any use outside the region. There are two currency exchanges at the bus and train station in Tiraspol; they will convert your Moldovan lei into Transnistrian rubles, and they will also convert your remaining rubles back into lei when you depart (make sure to buy your bus ticket and snacks first though!). Nobody outside of Transnistria will change your rubles, nor accept them for payment.

    I actually kept all of my rubles when I left Tiraspol... after all, it's not often you get your hands on the currency of a country that doesn't exist!

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