Why are Transdniestrians happier than Moldavians? According to a local journalist:
One reason is the country is small. The entire population is around 550,000, and in the capital, Tiraspol, you can walk just about anywhere in 15 minutes.That does sound nice.
Another reason, I suspect, is that Moldova is run by an insane dictator. Political analyst Petru Bogatu, a former deputy editor of the daily Tarai (a publication of Moldova's right wing ex-Popular Front (now known as the Christian Democratic Popular Front (not to be confused with the Christian-Democratic People's Party, or the Peasants' Christian Democratic Party)) recently observed:
[the President of Moldavia Vladimir Voronin] "is a played and irreversibly lost card,"…calling him also "compromised and outdated." Other words used by Petru Bogatu to describe the Moldovan President include "pathetic" and "loser" who "makes sure to appear on stage as often as possible to create the impression that he is in control."
But Voronin is "not an ordinary maniac under the terror of a fixed idea, as it could look like at the first sight," says Bogatu, who at the same time is not alone in wanting to know the details of the mental illness that he believes Vladimir Voronin suffers from.
In other Transdniestria (or Transnistria, or you know the rest) news, Ron Paul has “completely won over the hearts and minds” of the people there.