Conflicting Identities: Moldova and the secessionist Transnistria Republic

14 May, 2014 • 4) Contemporary – C. XIX, XX, XXI, History 1544

Néstor Cerdá

What moves someone to hold a weapon and use it against a group of people who until then had been their fellow citizens is something that in the case of Moldova cannot be explained by myths of ancient hates suddenly awoken, or by living memories of past wars. The collapse of the USSR, the independence of the old Moldova’s Soviet Republic and her approach to Rumania made ethnic Russians believe that they now were second-class citizens.

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