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Old December 14th, 2011, 08:30 AM   #121
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Moldova to run tenders for the 93 km road linking Soroca to Sarateni - a $130 million project funded by the US Compact Program:

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Old December 15th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #122
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Is Moldova a safe country (i.e. with regards to violent crime). I heard that that country is the poorest in Europe. They even say that it's poorer than the Philippines.

In fact, I'm think that Georgia (the country) is even at least slightly ahead of Moldova in terms of economy, safety and security, etc.

So what do you think?
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Old December 15th, 2011, 07:05 PM   #123
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Is Moldova a safe country (i.e. with regards to violent crime). I heard that that country is the poorest in Europe. They even say that it's poorer than the Philippines.

In fact, I'm think that Georgia (the country) is even at least slightly ahead of Moldova in terms of economy, safety and security, etc.

So what do you think?
The area controlled by Moldovan government (the great majority) is probably safer than most thirth world countries (Africa, Latin America,...)
It's not recomended to go to the half-indipendent region of Transnistria: police is corrupt and there is a huge drug and weapons smuggling.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #124
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We have on the Romanian forum a thread about dream motorway networks. A fellow forumer made a dream motorway for Moldova:


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Old December 21st, 2011, 06:04 PM   #125
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Is Moldova a safe country (i.e. with regards to violent crime). I heard that that country is the poorest in Europe. They even say that it's poorer than the Philippines.

In fact, I'm think that Georgia (the country) is even at least slightly ahead of Moldova in terms of economy, safety and security, etc.

So what do you think?
Moldova is actually very safe, apart from the facct that they have this wonderful habit of drinking and driving. In terms of GDP per capita it is poorer than the Phil, but in terms of standard of living and quality of life (i.e. dwelling, socioeconomic differences, etc.) it fares somewhat better. Georgia is somewhat ahead of Moldova when it comes to the economy, but you wouldn't notice any particular difference.
Now back to topic, I heard that they are planning massive overhaul of their local road network. As soon as I lay my hands upon something more concrete, I'll post it!
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Old April 7th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #126
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Is Moldova a safe country (i.e. with regards to violent crime). I heard that that country is the poorest in Europe. They even say that it's poorer than the Philippines.

In fact, I'm think that Georgia (the country) is even at least slightly ahead of Moldova in terms of economy, safety and security, etc.

So what do you think?
If we'll based on the intentional homicide rates per 100,000 people, I think Moldova is a safe country (safer than Mexico and Indonesia)... But Philippines and Georgia are safer than Moldova.... GDP Per Capita-wise, Georgia has the highest and Moldova has the lowest among the three.(same level as Vietnam/India)... But in Human Development Index which determines if the country is developing/developed, Georgia ranked 75th (ahead of Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, China and Thailand... Moldova ranked 111th and Philippines ranked 112th..... not a big difference between Moldova and Philippines.

anyway, I expect something better about roads in Moldova...
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Old April 7th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #127
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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #128
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R7 Costesti (Ro border) - M14 (north Balti)




Romanian (EU) border:


the Dam on the Prut river, Stanca-Costesti lake to the left side:





Moldavian Customs:






diesel aprox 1.05 euro/liter







entering M14 (keeping the old USSR numbering road), we are going to south(Balti-Chisinau) here
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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #129
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M14 Bălţi-Chişinău

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entering M14 (asphalt ):




entry in Balti:


to chisinau by west ring:


Sculeni - border near Iasi (Ro)


Balti-Chisinau concrete road, 100kmh average, within 3-4km of villages


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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:38 AM   #130
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in Ro (Md): "borna kilometrica"


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Old April 19th, 2012, 02:47 AM   #131
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Weird interchange north of Chisinau:
[IMG]http://i37.************/2d9qkae.jpg[/IMG]
this is, we are going from west to south:














all the pics here
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Old April 19th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #132
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The area controlled by Moldovan government (the great majority) is probably safer than most thirth world countries (Africa, Latin America,...)
It's not recomended to go to the half-indipendent region of Transnistria: police is corrupt and there is a huge drug and weapons smuggling.
I've been to both places several times. My experience has been the opposite of yours. From what I saw and experienced, corruption was rampant in Moldova, along with human trafficking. I never saw or experienced any sort of corruption in Transnistria. No one ever even hinted for a bribe. Transnistria felt completely safe in an almost spooky police state sort of way. Transnistria seemed like it would be a very dangerous place for criminals. That's not to say corruption is nonexistent in Transnistria; there probably is some. I just never saw any evidence of it.

I think the biggest clue about safety is that I frequently saw young women walking alone in Tiraspol, day and night, apparently without fear. I never saw young women walking alone in Chisinau -- not even during the day.

I hear that corruption in Moldova is down dramatically over the last year or two (since a change of government) but I haven't been there for a few years, so it's just hearsay. Your experience may vary.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #133
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I've been to both places several times. My experience has been the opposite of yours. From what I saw and experienced, corruption was rampant in Moldova, along with human trafficking. I never saw or experienced any sort of corruption in Transnistria. No one ever even hinted for a bribe. Transnistria felt completely safe in an almost spooky police state sort of way. Transnistria seemed like it would be a very dangerous place for criminals. That's not to say corruption is nonexistent in Transnistria; there probably is some. I just never saw any evidence of it.

I think the biggest clue about safety is that I frequently saw young women walking alone in Tiraspol, day and night, apparently without fear. I never saw young women walking alone in Chisinau -- not even during the day.

I hear that corruption in Moldova is down dramatically over the last year or two (since a change of government) but I haven't been there for a few years, so it's just hearsay. Your experience may vary.
Never been nor in Moldova neither in Transnistria. I've some friends who did volunteering in Chisinau. They didn't have problems, the only thing they said is that poor people use to grow marijuana along the streets to sell it to drug traffiker. About Transnistria, I saw a report on Italian TV that described it as a lawless place ruled by crime, the European centre of weapons, drug and human traffiking.
So, I did my supposition based on fragmentary info and they were aparently wrong.
Is true that people from Transnistria can't go to Europe? And that torturing political prisoners is common?
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Old April 19th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #134
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Nice report but awful roads
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Old April 19th, 2012, 04:32 PM   #135
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Is true that people from Transnistria can't go to Europe?
Some Transnistrian politicians are barred from entering the EU. Everyone else can in accordance with whatever rules apply to the passport they have.
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And that torturing political prisoners is common?
According to Amnesty International, torture was common in Moldovan prisons under the previous regime, but not in Transnistria. I haven't seen the latest Amnesty International report, but it seems that the new regime in Moldova has been trying to put a stop to human trafficking, torture, etc.

I didn't see any big difference in roads between the two.
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Nice report! What's that blue car on the left? Once I saw it here in 1990s, it had Lithuanian license plates.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #137
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Nice report! What's that blue car on the left? Once I saw it here in 1990s, it had Lithuanian license plates.
It's a Volga M-21 made by GAZ in the USSR
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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #138
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Some Transnistrian politicians are barred from entering the EU. Everyone else can in accordance with whatever rules apply to the passport they have.

According to Amnesty International, torture was common in Moldovan prisons under the previous regime, but not in Transnistria. I haven't seen the latest Amnesty International report, but it seems that the new regime in Moldova has been trying to put a stop to human trafficking, torture, etc.

I didn't see any big difference in roads between the two.
Transnistria is a lawless place even for Russia itself, let alone for its own citizens. Last year, Smirnov ordered the arrest of several Russian journalist from the main TV station NIT, for the reason they were reporting on the massive theft by the Smirnov family of the Russian aid to the region (reportedly, by Russian media, 1/3 of Russian aid was pickpocketed by "the family"). The whole place was controlled by the Smirnov family, including the media and the internet, the Sheriff company being the only ISP provider last year. He was removed by Russia during elections last year including for those reasons above. If anything, there is litle known to the outside world in terms of human rights in Transnistria. I had some friends from the US who visited the place and said they felt like going from communism into western Europe when they crossed into Moldova. The place is almost as weird as North Korea and not a far cry from it.

Anyway, let's get back to roads. I'll post later some serious projects going on in Moldova.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #139
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Thanks, I thought it was a Volga. It was quite slow, so we overtook it.
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Moldova has good road signalisation, but roads are awful...
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