REPUBLICAN REFERENCE

Area (sq.km) 
33,851 

Population 
3,656,843

Capital 
Kishinev 
(Chisinau)

Currency
Leu (plural: Lei)

President 
Nicolae Timofti

MOLDOVA

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Historically a part of Romania, Moldova became part of the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru (Dnister) River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic infamous for it's corruption. Although Russia has pledged to remove these forces they remain there.  One of the poorest nations in Europe with an extremely sluggish economy, in 2001 Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a communist as its president. 

 

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