pridnestrovian moldavian republic
The Russian backed Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR / Transnistria) is a narrow strip of land between the Dniester River and Moldovan - Ukrainian border. Internationally recognised as part of Moldova it has been independent since 1992 after a civil war. In the capital Tiraspol, Red, white and blue Russian Federation flags fly alongside the red and green of PMR, the only state in the world that uses the hammer and sickle on its flag. Streets are named after Russian poets, writers and significant dates: 25 October Street, 1 May Street. Busts of Lenin and Soviet symbols are prevalent outside administrative buildings. Around 1,500 Russian troop remain in PMR to act as peacekeepers. The northern village of Cobsana hosts what is widely believed to be Eastern Europe's largest ammunition depot. Republic Day is the main state holiday celebrated annually on 2 September with events and military demonstrations.
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