Ruslan Kermach
a freelance political analyst and an associate expert at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation
Policy papers
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2 October 2017

The sources of sustainability of the Transnistrian de facto state


UA: Ukraine-Analytica

The article is aimed at identifying the key factors and policies contributing to the economic sustainability of the Transnistrian republic, which over a long period of time functions as an unrecognized de facto ‘state’ on the sovereign territory of the Republic of Moldova. The author indicates the role of the Russian economic patronage for the breakaway republic and explains the rationale behind the ambiguous hybrid soft policy approach taken by Chisinau with regard to Transnistria, which along with the Russian factor substantially contributed to the maintaining of the unrecognized regime of Tiraspol.

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