breakaway rebellious republics in the former Soviet union

abkhazia, nagorno-karabakh, south ossetia, transnistria, crimea & the donbass

During the first chaotic post-communist years diplomatic and military battles were waged for the sake of a territorial sovereignty both in the Caucasus and in Eastern Europe. The victory of the separatist forces lead to the internationally unrecognised independence of four secessionist regions: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria. In more recent years, as a response to the dramatic events that stained Kiev with blood, two more rebellious regions had the dubious honour to join the list: Crimea and Donbass. Regardless of UN-resolutions over their status these officially "non existent" countries have now full control over their territory and for the sake of travelling can de-facto be regarded as separate states. The lack of international recognition means, however, that these places have been often left out of the radar even by the most intrepid backpacker and that's a pity as they have so much more to offer than post-Soviet decay and bombed-out buildings. From the lush valleys of Abkhazia to ancient churches of Karabakh, from the socialist grandeur of Transnistria to the tiny mountain hamlets in South Ossetia and across the many wonders of sunny Crimea and resilient Donbass we'll take you on an unforgettable journey through the unruly splinters of the Evil Empire.

Disclaimer: the designations employed and the presentation of the material on this website do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of our company concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


 

a couple of reasons to visit unrecognized countries

Culture

Mystic dances and ancient rituals in Abkhazia, neopaganism and mountain legends in Ossetia, Christian traditions and Armenian culture in Karabakh, ethnic diversity and Yiddish heritage in Transnistria, Russian proudness and working-class values in Donbass, Tatar heritage and exotic atmospheres in Crimea and a strong sense of hospitality pretty much everywhere. 

History

Ancient monasteries and abandoned cities in Karabakh, mountain churches and pagan temples in South Ossetia, 

Nature

Abkhazia's alpine peaks and subtropical valleys, 

Sovietness

Stalinist architecture in Sukhumi (Abkhazia), a country (Transnistria) that is basically an open-air museum to the Soviet Union, Lenin statues scattered all around Crimea and Donbass, WWII memorials and communist monuments in every single villages, the last Stalin busts still standing in South Ossetia, Socialist slogans dotting the hilltops of Nagorno-Karabakh and lots of nostalgia everywhere you look (no matter which unrecognised country you'll travel to).

Oddities

Sukhumi's space monkeys (Abkhazia), a disappearing ancient Jewish community in South Ossetia, eating sushi in a war-torn city (Donetsk) 

 

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