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Moldova
 

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Romanian speakers

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Turkic Gagauzz

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Moldova

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Trans-Dniestria

Explanation

The main part of the area was the Romanian province of Bessarabia, annexed by Stalin and added to the Soviet Union after the Stalin-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939. When it was recovered from German occupation at the end of the second world war Stalin added a Russian speaking territory - Transdniestria.

The conflict is between the Romanian speakers and the Russians (as well as the Christian Turkic speakers, the Gagauzz). It seemed at one time likely to end in the reunion with Romania. However, this ought to happen only after the Russians and Gagauzz have the chance to opt out by referendum. But even if the Russians can opt out the problem then arises that they might become part of Ukraine, which is rather hostile to Russian speakers. It is because of these difficult to resolve problems that Moldova remains independent. The disputes here have something in common with those in Georgia and the Caucasus.

Last revised 24/08/08


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