Last updated


Tiraspol, Тирасполь
Church in Tiraspol.jpg
Tiraspol'. Tiraspol'transgaz.jpg
Tiraspolsowjet kramar.jpg
Kulturpalast Tiraspol.jpeg
Theater in Tiraspol 02.jpg
TIraspol Transnistria (11359982606).jpg
Central street of Tiraspol.jpg
TIraspol Transnistria (11360017904).jpg
Central street of Tiraspol
Moldova adm location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Location of Tiraspol in Transnistria
Coordinates: 46°50′25″N29°38′36″E / 46.84028°N 29.64333°E / 46.84028; 29.64333 Coordinates: 46°50′25″N29°38′36″E / 46.84028°N 29.64333°E / 46.84028; 29.64333
Country (de jure) Moldova
Country (de facto) Transnistria [1]
  Head of the State Administration of Tiraspol Andrey Bezbabchenko [2]
  Total55.56 km2 (21.45 sq mi)
26 m (85 ft)
Area code(s) + 373 533

Tiraspol (Romanian : Tiraspol, Moldovan Cyrillic alphabet: Тираспол; Russian : Тира́споль [tʲɪˈraspəlʲ] ; Ukrainian : Тираспіль [3] [tɪˈrɑspilʲ] ) is the capital of Transnistria ( de facto ), a breakaway state in Moldova ( de jure ), where it is the second largest city. The city is located on the eastern bank of the Dniester River. Tiraspol is a regional hub of light industry, such as furniture and electrical goods production.


The modern city of Tiraspol was founded by the Russian generalissimo Alexander Suvorov in 1792, although the area had been inhabited for thousands of years by varying ethnic groups. [4] The city celebrates its anniversary every year on 14 October. [5]


The toponym consists of two ancient Greek words: Τύρας, Tyras , the Ancient name for the Dniester River, and polis , i.e., a city (state).[ citation needed ]


Classical history

Tyras (Τύρας), also spelled Tiras, was a colony of the Greek city Miletus, probably founded about 600 BC, situated some 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the mouth of the Tiras River (Dniester). Of no great importance in early times, in the 2nd century BC it fell under the dominion of indigenous kings whose names appear on its coins. It was destroyed by the Thracian Getae about 50 BC.

In 56 AD the Romans restored the city and made it part of the colonial province of Lower Moesia. A series of its coins exist that feature heads of Roman emperors from Domitian to Severus Alexander. Soon after the time of the latter, the city was destroyed again, this time by the invasion of the Goths. Its government was in the hands of five archons, a senate, a popular assembly and a registrar. The images on its coins from this period suggest a trade in wheat, wine and fish. The few inscriptions extant are mostly concerned with trade.

Such ancient archeological remains are scanty, as the city site was built over by the great medieval fortress of Monocastro or Akkerman. [6] During the Middle Ages, the area around Tiraspol was a buffer zone between the Tatars and the Moldavians, and inhabited by both ethnic groups.

Russian foundation

The Russian Empire conquered its way to the Dniester River, taking territory from the Ottoman Empire. In 1792 the Russian army built fortifications to guard the western border near a Moldavian village named Sucleia. Field Marshal Alexander Suvorov is considered[ by whom? ] the founder of modern Tiraspol; his statue is the city's most distinctive landmark. The city took its name from Tyras , the Greek name of the Dniester River on which it stands.

In 1828 the Russian government established a customs house in Tiraspol to try to suppress smuggling. The customs house was subordinated to the chief of the Odessa customs region. It began operations with 14 employees. They inspected shipments of bread, paper, oil, wine, sugar, fruits and other goods.

Soviet Tiraspol

Transnistria parliament building in Tiraspol. In front is a statue of Vladimir Lenin Presidentiraspol.jpg
Transnistria parliament building in Tiraspol. In front is a statue of Vladimir Lenin
Soviet MiG-19 monument in Tiraspol Tiraspoljet.JPG
Soviet MiG-19 monument in Tiraspol
A trolleybus in Tiraspol painted in the colours of the flag Calle Tiraspol.jpg
A trolleybus in Tiraspol painted in the colours of the flag

After the Russian Revolution, the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was created in Ukraine in 1924, with Balta as its capital. The republic had Romanian, Ukrainian and Russian as its official languages. Its capital was moved in 1929 to Tiraspol, which remained the capital of the Moldavian ASSR until 1940.

In 1940, following the secret provisions of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the USSR forced Romania to cede Bessarabia. It integrated Tiraspol, until then part of the Ukrainian SSR, into the newly formed Moldavian SSR. On 7 August 1941, following the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, the city was taken over by Romanian troops. Later that month, on 19 August, the Tiraspol Agreement establishing the Transnistria Governorate was signed. During the occupation, Tiraspol was under Romanian administration. During that period almost all of its Jewish population died: they were slain in situ or deported to German Nazi death camps, where they were murdered.

In 1941 before the occupation, the newspaper Dnestrovskaya Pravda was founded by the Tiraspol City Council of popular deputies. This is the oldest periodical publication in the region. On 12 April 1944, the city was retaken by the Red Army and became again part of Moldavian SSR.


On 27 January 1990, the citizens in Tiraspol passed a referendum declaring the city as an independent territory. The nearby city of Bendery also declared its independence from Moldova. As the Russian-speaking independence movement gained momentum, some local governments banded together to resist pressure from the Moldovan government for nationalization.

On 2 September 1990, Tiraspol was proclaimed the capital of the new Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. The new republic was not officially recognized by Soviet authorities; however, it received support from some important Soviet leaders, such as Anatoly Lukyanov. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the territory east of the Dniester River declared independence as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), with Tiraspol as its capital. It was not recognized by the international community.

On 1 July 2005, the Lucian Blaga Lyceum, a high school with Romanian as its language of instruction, was registered as a Transnistrian non-governmental establishment. The registration of six Romanian language schools has been the subject of negotiations with the government since 2000. The tension increased in the summer of 2004, when the Transnistrian authorities forcibly closed the schools that taught using the Latin script. According to the official PMR view, this is considered as Romanian. "Moldovan", written in the Cyrillic script, is one of the three official languages in the PMR; Romanian is not. Some economic measures and counter-measures were taken on both banks of the Dniester.

Tensions have been expressed in terrorist incidents. On 6 July 2006, an explosion, believed to be caused by a bomb, killed at least eight people in a minibus. [7] On 13 August 2006, a grenade explosion in a trolleybus killed two and injured ten. [8] [9] [10]

Geography and climate

Tiraspol features a humid continental climate that closely borders an oceanic climate and has transitional features of the humid subtropical climate due to its warm summers. Summers are mild, with average monthly temperatures at around 21 °C (70 °F) in July and August. Winters are cold, with average temperatures in the coldest month (January) at −2.7 °C (27 °F). Precipitation is relatively evenly spread throughout the year, though there is a noticeable increase in monthly precipitation in June and July. Tiraspol on average sees nearly 500 mm (20 in) of precipitation per year.

Climate data for Tiraspol
Average high °C (°F)0.7
Average low °C (°F)−6.1
Average precipitation mm (inches)33
Average precipitation days11119101111107771111116
Source: World Weather Information Service [11]


Orthodox church on Shevchenko Street Tiraspolskaya-Dubosarskaya-Church-2005.jpg
Orthodox church on Shevchenko Street


The population of the city was about 190,000 in 1989 and about 203,000 in 1992. 41% were Russians, 32% Ukrainians (both Eastern Slavic) and 18% were Moldovans (Romanians).

As result of the political and economic situation that followed the proclamation of the independent (unrecognized) Transnistria, as well as large Jewish emigration in the early 1990s, the population of the city fell below its 1989 number and the 2004 Transnistrian census put its population at 158,069. [12]


The Latin Catholic minority was served by its own Roman Catholic Diocese of Tiraspol (originally called Cherson), which at times also covered part of neighbouring Romania and Russia, until its 2002 suppression and merger into the Russian Diocese of Saint Clement at Saratov.


Tiraspol Drama Theater Teatr Tiraspol'.jpg
Tiraspol Drama Theater
Victory day in Tiraspol, 2017. Victory Day in Tiraspol 2017 (1).jpg
Victory day in Tiraspol, 2017.

The statue of Alexander Suvorov was erected in the central square in 1979 in commemoration of his 250th anniversary. In front of the Transnistrian Government building there is a statue of Vladimir Lenin. On the opposite side of the central square, a monument plaza features a Soviet T-34 tank, commemorating the Soviet victory in World War II, an eternal flame to those who fell defending the city in 1941 and liberating it in 1944, as well as several monuments dedicated to more recent conflicts, including the Soviet–Afghan War and the War of Transnistria.


Sheriff Stadium Sheriff Shadium.jpg
Sheriff Stadium

The two main football clubs are Sheriff Tiraspol and FC Tiraspol. Sheriff is the most successful Moldovan football club of recent history, winning 14 league titles since the 2000–2001 season, and 6 Moldovan Cups. A third club, CS Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol, withdrew from competition prior to the 2009–2010 season. Tiraspol is home to the Sheriff Stadium, the largest capacity stadium in the region, with a capacity of 14,300 seats.

International relations

Twin towns – sister cities

Notable people

Mikhail Larionov 1917 Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov.jpg
Mikhail Larionov 1917
Sergey Stepanov 2010 Sergey Stepanov - Epic Sax Guy - May 28, 2010.jpg
Sergey Stepanov 2010
Valeria Lukyanova Valeria Lukyanova (cropped).jpg
Valeria Lukyanova
Nina Shtanski Shtanski.jpg
Nina Shtanski



Related Research Articles

Transnistria Breakaway state in Eastern Europe that has declared independence from Moldova

Transnistria, officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), is a breakaway state in the narrow strip of land between the river Dniester and the Ukrainian border that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova. Its capital and largest city is Tiraspol. Transnistria has been recognised by only three other mostly unrecognised breakaway states: Abkhazia, Artsakh, and South Ossetia. Transnistria is designated by the Republic of Moldova as the Transnistria autonomous territorial unit with special legal status, or Stînga Nistrului.

Bender, Moldova Place in Transnistria, Moldova

Bender or Bendery, also known as Tighina, is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under de facto control of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria) (PMR) since 1992. It is located on the western bank of the river Dniester in the Romanian historical region of Bessarabia.

Coat of arms of Transnistria

The coat of arms of Transnistria constitutes a remodeled version of the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic emblem, as substituted by the internationally recognized Moldovan government after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The only major pictorial change made in the Transnistrian version involves the addition of waves, representing the River Dniester. However, the inscriptions on the banner were changed: unlike the Moldavian SSR emblem, which bore the acronym РССМ and the USSR state slogan "Workers of the world, unite!" in the Russian and Moldavian languages, the Transnistrian emblem bears the name Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic in the Moldovan, Russian and Ukrainian languages. In the Moldovan Cyrillic version of Romanian, it reads "Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ" ; in Russian, it reads "Приднестровская Молдавская Республика" ; and, in Ukrainian, it reads "Придністровська Молдавська Республіка". Despite the emblem's depiction of the hammer and sickle, Transnistria is not a socialist state.

Transnistria War Early 1990s armed conflict between Moldova and self-proclaimed Transnistria

The Transnistria War was an armed conflict that broke out in 2 November 1990 in Dubăsari between pro-Transnistria (PMR) forces, including the Transnistrian Republican Guard, militia and Cossack units, and pro-Moldovan forces, including Moldovan troops and police. Fighting intensified on 1 March 1992 and, alternating with ad hoc ceasefires, lasted throughout the spring and early summer of 1992 until a ceasefire was declared on 21 July 1992, which has held. The conflict is sometimes known as the Moldo-Russian war in Moldova and Romania.

Political status of Transnistria

The political status of Transnistria, a self-proclaimed state on the internationally recognized territory of Moldova, has been disputed since the Transnistrian declaration of independence on 2 September 1990. This declaration sought to establish a Soviet Socialist Republic that would be independent from local Moldovan authority. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union and Moldova's own declaration of independence in 1991, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (PMSSR) was transformed into the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR). However no United Nations member country recognizes the PMR's independence.

History of Transnistria

This is the history of Transnistria. See also the history of Europe.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Transnistria, an unrecognized breakaway territory of Moldova and the de facto independent Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

Names of Transnistria

Although most commonly known in English as Transnistria, the official name of the region is Pridnestrovie. Here is a detailed explanation of the names used for Transnistria, both official and unofficial, as they appear in the local languages and in English.

14th Army involvement in Transnistria

The involvement of the Soviet 14th Guards Army in the War of Transnistria was extensive and contributed to the outcome, which left the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) with de facto independence from the Republic of Moldova.

Rașcov Commune in Moldova

Rașcov is one of the oldest communes of Transnistria. It is located in the northern part, between Rîbnița and Camenca. It is composed of two villages, Iantarnoe and Rașcov.

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic Short-lived non-recognized Soviet republic

The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, also commonly known as Soviet Transnistria or simply known as Transnistria, was created on the eastern periphery of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (MSSR) in 1990 by pro-Soviet separatists who hoped to remain within the Soviet Union when it became clear that the MSSR would achieve independence from the USSR. The PMSSR was never recognised as a Soviet republic by authorities in either Moscow or Chișinău. In 1991, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic succeeded the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Demographic history of Transnistria

A demographic history of Transnistria shows that Transnistria has been home to numerous ethnic groups, in varying proportions, over time.

Timeline of the Transnistria War

This timeline of events is a chronological list of incidents and other notable occurrences related to the War of Transnistria, including events leading up to the war.

Outline of Transnistria Overview of and topical guide to Transnistria

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Transnistria:

Armed Forces of Transnistria

The Armed Forces of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, are the military forces of the unrecognized state of Transnistria. The Armed Forces were created on 6 September 1991 to protect the sovereignty and independence of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, in accordance with Article 11 of the Republic's Constitution.

International recognition of Transnistria

International recognition of Transnistria – a disputed region in Eastern Europe located between Moldova and Ukraine – is controversial. Although Transnistria declared independence in 1990, no United Nations member recognises its sovereignty and the region is considered by the UN to be part of Moldova. As of 2011, only Abkhazia, the Republic of Artsakh and South Ossetia recognise its independence, all themselves states with limited recognition. Despite not officially recognizing Transnistria's independence, Russia has established a consulate in the disputed territory.

Nina Shtanski

Nina Viktorovna Shtanski is a Transnistrian former state politician and public figure. She has been the Deputy Prime Minister for the International Cooperation of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic from 24 January 2012 to 2 September 2015. Ph.D. (2012). She became an honoured foreign service officer Transnistrian Moldovan Republic in 2012. She held the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Operational Group of Russian Forces Military unit

The Operational Group of Russian Forces in Transnistria (OGRF) is a sizable overseas military task force of the Russian Armed Forces. It served as part of the tri-lateral Joint Control Commission in the region. All 1,500 soldiers of the peacekeeping force are based at the former decommissioned Soviet-era ammunition depot at Cobasna, where it guards around 22,000 tons of military equipment and ammunition.

Vadim Krasnoselsky

Vadim Nikolaevich Krasnoselsky is a Transnistrian politician who is the 3rd and current President of Transnistria. Previously, he served as a member of the Supreme Council of Transnistria from the 7th district, as 6th Speaker of the Supreme Council (2015–2016) and the 7th Minister of the Interior.

Romania–Transnistria relations Bilateral diplomatic relations

Romania–Transnistria relations are the bilateral relations between the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, internationally recognized as part of Moldova, and Romania. Romania does not recognize the independence of Transnistria.


  1. Transnistria's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is not recognised by any country. The Moldovan government and all the world's other states consider Transnistria a part of Moldova's territory.
  2. "Министерство иностранных дел ПМР". Министерство иностранных дел.
  3. Ісаєв, Дмитро (2008). Історія України. Ілюстрований атлас [History of Ukraine. An Illustrated Atlas.](PDF) (in Ukrainian). Kiev: Інститут передових технологій. p. 33. ISBN   978-966-7650-49-0.
  4. "About Transdniestra (Russian)". Archived from the original on 1 April 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2006.
  5. Cooper, Jason (14 October 2006). "Street Fairs, Celebrations Mark Tiraspol's 214th Birthday". Tiraspol Times & Weekly Review. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2007.
  6. See E. H. Minns, Scythians and Greeks (Cambridge, 1909); V. V. Latyshev, Inscriptiones Orae Septentrionalis Ponti Euxini, vol. I.
  7. "Trans-Dniester Blast Kills Eight". BBC News . 6 July 2006.
  8. "Trolley Bus Blasted in Tiraspol Possibly in a Terror Attack". Regnum. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007.
  9. "New Bus Explosion in Tiraspol Leaves One Dead, Eleven Injured". Tiraspol Times & Weekly Review. 14 August 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.
  10. "Another Blast in Public Transport in Tiraspol". Moldpres News Agency. 17 August 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  11. "Weather Information for Tiraspol". World Weather Information Service. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  12. "2004 Census: PMR Urban, Multilingual, Multicultural". Pridnestrovie.net. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010.
  13. "Trondheims vennskapsbyer". trondheim.no (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 1 May 2015.

Further reading