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Note: The Palau sheet of 2005 w/ the Folk Art Turtle Figurine has been deleted from the listings. The figurine is almost certainly not a turtle.
#8. TRANSDNIESTRIAN MOLDOVAN REPUBLIC - Transdniestria (or Tranistria) is a region in Eastern Moldova between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian border. It is populated by a Russian and Ukrainian majority that objects to Moldovan-Romanian rule. Armed clashes between Moldovan forces and Trandniestrian secessionists led to Russian army intervention on behalf of the secessionists in the early 1990's and the proclamation of a Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic with Tiraspol as its capital. On 13 September 1993 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Trandniestrian Moldovan Republic decreed that postage stamps should be issued for the payment of postal charges. A peace accord with the Moldovan government giving the region greater autonomy was signed in 1997. A Russian-sponsored peace plan for the region was rejected by Moldova in November of 2003 because it would have permitted Russian troops to remain there until 2020.
This is one of the so-called "Maryland Forgeries" which originated in Maryland and first appeared in 2002. It is a forgery of Scott Cayman Islands #124 but oddly it is denominated in different units than that stamp. Little is known about the printing details but fairly sophisticated equipment is apparently involved. It is unknown who is producing these forgeries.
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