December 2016

Ever-Intractable Transdniestria

By THOMAS DE WAAL

The election of the Socialist and avowedly pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon as president of Moldova on November 13 has had a far bigger impact in the news than his small country usually enjoys. Observers have predicted that Moldova will swing away from the EU and back into Russia’s orbit. They have paid particular attention to comments Dodon has made that Ukraine’s annexed peninsula of Crimea is a de facto part of Russia and that a similar rapprochement by Chişinău with Russia might help resolve Moldova’s protracted conflict with the breakaway territory of Transdniestria.