A massive rally to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the annexation of Bessarabia into Romania was held on the Square of the Great National Assembly in Chisinau on Sunday. The rally was attended by an estimated 100,000 people, and organised by so-called Unionists, who seek the unification of Romania and Moldova, both being majority Romanian-speaking countries. Attendees held both Moldovan... Еще and Romanian flags, and chanted slogans such as «Union». Former Romanian President Traian Basescu was also in attendance and spoke on stage. Bessarabia is the historical name of the region which was a part of the Principality of Moldavia, and was ceded to the Russian Empire. Despite being controlled by the Russian Empire and later Soviet Union, Moldova retains cultural and linguistic ties to its neighbour Romania, and many in both countries seek unification.