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Transnistria is a region in Eastern Europe that is under the effective control of the self-declared Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic but is recognized by the international community as an administrative unit of Moldova, the Transnistria Autonomous Territorial Unit. The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic uses a coat of arms based on the arms of the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Transnistria Autonomous Territorial Unit uses the coat of arms of Moldova.

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Coat of arms of Transnistria
version with initials
ArmigerPridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
MottoRomanian: Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ (in Moldovan Cyrillic)
Russian: Приднестровская Молдавская Республика
Ukrainian: Придністровська Молдавська Республіка
Other elementsRed star, rising sun

The coat of arms of Transnistria constitutes a remodeled version of the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic's emblem, which was replaced by the internationally recognized Moldovan government after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The only major pictorial change made in the Transnistrian version involves the addition of waves, representing the River Dniester. However, the inscriptions on the banner were changed: unlike the Moldavian SSR emblem, which bore the acronym РССМ (for "Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic") and the USSR state slogan "Workers of the world, unite!" in the Russian and Romanian languages, the Transnistrian emblem bears the name Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic in the Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian languages. In the Moldovan Cyrillic version of Romanian, it reads Република Молдовеняскэ Нистрянэ (transliterated as Republica Moldoveneascǎ Nistreanǎ); in Russian, it reads Приднестровская Молдавская Республика (transliterated as Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika); and, in Ukrainian, it reads Придністровська Молдавська Республіка (transliterated as Prydnistrovs'ka Moldavs'ka Respublika). Despite the emblem's depiction of the hammer and sickle, Transnistria is not a socialist state.

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