Saturday, 20 June 2015

TRANSNISTRIA (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic - Приднестрóвская Молдáвская Респýблика )

Transnistria is a breakaway state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine. Since its declaration of Independence in 1990, It has been governed as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic ( PMR, also known as Pridenstrovie) a state with internationally limited recognition that claims territory to the east of the river Dniester, and also the city of Bender and its surrounding localities on the west bank, in the historical region of Bessarabia.  Tiraspol is the capital city, and Transnistrian Ruble is the currency.

My regular covers from Transnistria with Transnistrian stamp (second from left, written as PMR) 'escaped' through the postal system and reached in my hand. Usually the Post office staff will not allow PMR stamps on international letters and they will tear it off due to the political issue with Moldova and Transnistria. It is not an internationally recognized sovereign nation, considered as a breakaway region from Moldova. Eventhough they have own postal service inside the territory but international mails handled by Moldova Post only. So Moldova considered PMR stamps are illegal and bogus. The postmark clearly shows the city name Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria.

This is the another cover posted from Tiraspol with PMR stamp ( second from second row) . Covers posted on June 8, 2015 and reached in my hand on June 19,2015. Thank you very much  Niki for the perfect covers from a rare region !

This is my first cover from Transnistria . You can see a PMR stamp - second from left is postmarked along with Moldova stamps. Moldova won't allow to use PMR stamps on international letters because the country's postal service  is not recognized by Universal Postal Union due to the objection from Moldova. Most of the time they either won't postmark or remove the PMR stamps from the customs section. These covers 'escaped' through the postal system, luckily reached safely in my hand.

These are my another covers from PMR, which are postmarked from Tiraspol but not traveled through the postal system - because it has no international recognition. So my friend bought stamps for me, I prepared covers myself with a Transnistrian c/o address and sent to there for getting postmark on the cover. Their currency also different , so even the stamps affixed on the cover for sending international, won't be valid.  PMR stamps are being used inside the territory without problem, and the postmark is in Cyrillic letters. Here the two stamps from left is the joint issue with South Ossetia, another limited recognized country located between Russia and Georgia. They also issued the same stamps. from 2014 onwards South Ossetian stamps started to use on international letters and they are travelling through Russian Postal System.

This is another cover from PMR with flora fauna stamps, issued in 2013. My friend advised to use a c/o address in Tiraspol to make an internally circulated cover with PMR Stamps because it is not internationally valid for postage. 

This is another cover from PMR with the map and the picture of founder of Transnistria. His name is General Alexander Vasilyevich Sovorov. These stamps I got as gift from my great friend Holger Kaufhold, and I kept them alongwith other used stamps in the album. When I got an offer about the postmarked cover from PMR, suddenly I detected these stamps and prepared covers. You can also see their Flag, Map and Coast of Arm on the stamps from right to left.

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