22 years since the Moldovan-Romanian border breakdown
Moldovans and Romanians mark 22 years since the “Flower Bridge” over Prut River. On May 6, 1990, the families separated by a border for 50 years as Moldova was under the Soviet regime, could cross the bridge and meet their relatives for the first time in years. It was a vibrant moment. People carrying flowers came at the border and threw flowers into the water.
After that day the border-crossing process eased a lot. Eight checkpoints have been opened afterwards. Today Romania is part of the European Union and all the Moldovans are subject to rough security checks and visa controls at the border, but the people are allowed to cross the border if they hold the necessary documents.
Moldova was annexed to the former Soviet Union in 1940. Since then until 1991, the Moldovans were under the communist regime of the USSR. Prior to that, Moldova (Bessarabia) was part of Romania.