In Transnistria, Soviet passports validated

© Fotolia / starushТирасполь. Archival photoIn Transnistria, Soviet passports validated© Fotolia / starush

The President of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic (PMR) Vadim Krasnoselsky on Thursday signed a decree introducing amendments to the law on passport of a citizen of PMR, according to which a document of the Soviet sample is found to be valid in Transnistria.

«The passport of the citizen of the USSR, containing an indication of belonging to citizenship of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (the presence of the marker, the liner on citizenship of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic, and so on), shall be valid and perpetual for internal use; to seize, damage or destruction not be», — stated in the text of the bill posted on the website of the PMR head.

The bill says that there should not be denied to the citizen, wishing to keep the Soviet document when applying for a passport TMR. In this case, the action of the passport of the citizen of the Union is annulled by affixing the stamp «annulled» on the first page of the document.

Transnistria, 60% of inhabitants are Russians and Ukrainians sought to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the USSR, fearing that on the wave of nationalism Moldova will join Romania. In 1992, after a failed attempt of the authorities of Moldova force to solve the problem, Transnistria has become virtually beyond the control of Chisinau’s territory.