Otaci as seen from the Ukrainian town of Mohyliv-Podilskyi, July 2006. The tower block in the foreground collapsed in 2019.
Otaci as seen from the Ukrainian town of Mohyliv-Podilskyi, July 2006. The tower block in the foreground collapsed in 2019.
Flag of Otaci
Coat of arms of Otaci
Otaci is located in Moldova
Coordinates: 48°25′48″N 27°47′38″E / 48.43000°N 27.79389°E / 48.43000; 27.79389
DistrictOcnița District
 • MayorVasili Traghira (2015; PDM)[1]
 • Total3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
120 m (390 ft)
 • TotalDecrease 6,043
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+373 271
The Dniester near Otaci and Călărășeuca

Otaci (formerly Ataki, Russian Атаки) is a town (population 8,400) on the southwestern bank of the Dniester River, which at that point forms the northeastern border of Moldova. On the opposite side of the Dniester lies the Ukrainian city of Mohyliv-Podilskyi, and the two municipalities are connected by a bridge over the river. Otaci is located in Ocnița District.


The town was first attested in the 15th century. As part of Bessarabia, it was given by the Ottoman Empire to the Russian Empire following the Russo-Turkish War of 1806–1812, although the region belonged to Moldavia, a vassal state of the Ottomans. By the 1890s, it had become a poor, heavily Jewish village.[citation needed] In April 1918, during the last stages of World War I, it became part of the Kingdom of Romania.[citation needed]

During the interwar period, Otaci was the seat of Plasa Otaci, in Soroca County, Romania. In 1940, as a consequence of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the Red Army entered Bessarabia and incorporated it into the Soviet Union. In 1991 Moldova became independent, and in 1994 Otaci achieved the status of oraș (town).[citation needed]

On 19 June 2019, Otaci was the site of an apartment building collapse. One of the 2 tower blocks in the town collapsed shortly after it was evacuated, leaving no one injured. It is believed that the building, when constructed in the 1970s, was built on muddy soil, and the foundations were damaged over the years.[3]

Notable people


  1. ^ "Lista primarilor aleși în cadrul Alegerilor Locale Generale din 14 iunie 2015" (in Romanian). Central Election Commission of Moldova. 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
  2. ^ Results of Population and Housing Census in the Republic of Moldova in 2014: "Characteristics - Population (population by communes, religion, citizenship)" (XLS). National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova. 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  3. ^ "Un bloc de nouă etaje s-a prăbușit în Republica Moldova" (in Romanian). Digi24. June 19, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2021.

Further reading

External links

  • Otaci, Moldova at JewishGen
  • 'Jewish Encyclopedia' article (1900)
  • 'Otaci/ Jewish Cemetery'
  • Former building of Synagogue'

Coordinates: 48°26′N 27°48′E / 48.433°N 27.800°E / 48.433; 27.800

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