USSR - in 20 years time after the break down
20 years after the glorious URSS breaks down, you can still find a piece of land that preserved the atmosphere, the mentality and the life style of the Former USSR.
It is an unrecognised country, a land lost in the past, with the name of Transnistria. A country within another one, with boarders and its history and a war that in 1991 brought sufferings and split up a land.
Half a milion inhabitants pretend now to live in a Transnistrian Independent Moldavian Republic.
Tiraspol is the second largest city in Moldova and is the capital and administrative centre of the, de facto, independent Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria).
The city is located on the Eastern bank of the Dniester River.
Tiraspol is a regional hub of light industry, such as furniture and electrical goods production. Tiraspol was founded by the Russian general Alexander Suvorov in 1792.
The city celebrates its anniversary every year on October 14th . COGNAC FACTORY KVINT The history of this enterprise traces back to 1897, when a rectification warehouse was built and launched into operation on Vokzalnaya Street. At that time it was specialized in production of 40º alc. vodka from homemade grape wines purchased from the peasants of nearby villages.
The fate of the Tiraspol Wine & Cognac Distillery "KVINT" was not smooth, same as the fate of its country: it was destined to revive twice from the ashes - first in 1925, after a fire of 1918, which had burnt it to the ground, and then again in 1948, when it was restored from the ruins after the World War II.
KVINT annually produces about ten million liters of wines, cognacs, vodka and other strong drinks. This includes more than 40 names of vodka, liqueur, wine, fifteen brands of cognac aged from 3 to 50 years, each product outstanding not only for its original content, but also for its up to date consumer-alluring design.
TIGHINA FORTRESS Near the oldest Nistru gorge, in the third century B.C., there was a human settlement in Tighina. Later there appeared the first palisade and earthwork fortifications.
The first documentary mention of “Tighina Fortress” was in 1408.
In the reign of Petru Rares the fortress was rebuilt in stone. Its walls have survived to the present and offer an example of classic Moldavian defensive construction.
In 1538 Tighina was conquered by the Turkish Empire and re-named Bender.
The Russians conquered it in 1812. Today the fortress serves as a base for the 14th Russian Army.
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