The Soviet Union produced many significant social and technological achievements and innovations. It had the world’s second-largest economy, and the Soviet Armed Forces comprised the largest standing military in the world.
At Soviet Wastelands, one of our proudest achievements over the past ten years has been developing tourism into what are known as unrecognized countries. Across the post Soviet world there are four states which exist in limbo and mostly unrecognized by most of the world. These are the breakaway countries of Transnistria, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia.
All of these countries broke away from their countries of origin through brutal civil wars during the collapse of the Soviet Union and most remain isolated to this day. However, despite their political status, these countries are a true travel gem for adventurous travellers and often remain a time warp of the USSR in many ways. All of them boast untouched history, jaw dropping scenery and hospitable locals who are overjoyed to see foreign guests to their little known countries.
It is no secret that unrecognized countries are difficult to enter alone, but we have developed strong working relationships with all four unrecognized countries and can get you in and out safely and provide you with an in depth insight into all of them.