Gianmarco Maraviglia | Photojournalist


BloomingOn The Other Side of The River

Like all rivers, the Dniester is also a river that divides. A boundary, not only geographically. Cultures, languages, traditions, peoples. In 1992 the river, by metaphor of division , becomes a real line of demarcation. Following Moldova's decision to abolish Russian as official language, the Transnistrian region, a Russian majority, decides to declare independence. Along the Dniester is fought for months, the separatists backed by Russia, Moldova with Romania's support. As early as 1944, when the Red Army crosses it for the reconquest of Bessarabia, the Dniester claims her blood ration. Thus it was born the Transnistria, Придністровська Молдавська Республіка (Prydnistrovs'ka Moldavs'ka Respublika), or Pridnestrovie, literally "Beyond the Dniester River." Today, Transnistria is a “De Facto,” nation, unrecognized, like Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, one of the most closed in the world. A country with so many souls and roots, which seem misses, sometimes touching, but never understand each other or love each other to the very end. Often told only as a last bastion of post-Soviet memory and vestiges , it is a complex and articulated land. Russian, Ukraine and Moldova identities, do not yet seem to be able to blend in a real identity of Transnistria, and perhaps there is no will of a specific identity. The perception is that of being in Russian territory, as evidenced by the referendum for annexation to Russia , won by yes with more than 90%. In particular young people grow up with the myth of Putin, the USSR, the hammer and sickle in a jumble of ideas, ideologies and hopes. The economic crisis, caused by the international embargo and consequent closure of 90% of the largest industries, led the post independence generations to dream of moving abroad. The only large company is the Sheriff, active in virtually all areas of life of the country. Founded in 1993 by two former members of the secret services, it has gradually expanded in all segments of society ganglia. In this scenario the youth of the country, far from any kind of nationalism, follow the Western or Russian model, in the absence of real cultural or traditional references of Transnistria. Between sports, music, weekend in Odessa, looking for a job or a love that you can take you away, or at least a husband and a son to leave the parental home, so life flows in Tiraspol and Bender, Pridnestrovie, and so flows the Dniester, river, border.

Second chapter of the long term project "Blooming Generation" that i'm doing with my collegue Karl Mancini .

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  1. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Three young boys playing on the Dnepr river. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Three young boys playing on the Dnepr river. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
  2. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Athletic stadium,  Daily trainings of a group of young girls. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Athletic stadium, Daily trainings of a group of young girls. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
  3. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Laser tag combact playground in an occupied building. This building was destroyed during the street-fighting during the Revolutionary War. Some young people, even symbolically, they decided to open a business that remember the fightings
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Laser tag combact playground in an occupied building. This building was destroyed during the street-fighting during the Revolutionary War. Some young people, even symbolically, they decided to open a business that remember the fightings
  4. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A bride on her wedding day is coming out of her apartment in a popular district of the city
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A bride on her wedding day is coming out of her apartment in a popular district of the city
  5. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Inside the Hare Krishna temple. "In the USSR we were told there was no god and we have proof. Gagarin went to space and he did not meet God". The first member of the community came in Tiraspol in 1995 to bring a message of hope and faith. The community grew up fast and now up to 150 person come to the most important events. Some of them quitted to use drugs and solved their problems thanks to the community life.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Inside the Hare Krishna temple. "In the USSR we were told there was no god and we have proof. Gagarin went to space and he did not meet God". The first member of the community came in Tiraspol in 1995 to bring a message of hope and faith. The community grew up fast and now up to 150 person come to the most important events. Some of them quitted to use drugs and solved their problems thanks to the community life.
  6. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Vitez boxing club. Some athletes during their daily trainings. Among them there are also one world champion, two european champions and many in the world ranking. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Vitez boxing club. Some athletes during their daily trainings. Among them there are also one world champion, two european champions and many in the world ranking. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
  7. Bender, Pridnestrovie. A group of singers in the backstage of the event organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary from the referendum that, on september,17,2006  acknowledged the friendship between Russia and Pridnestrovie. The annexation of the Crimea to Russia has led the government of Pridnestrovie to hope to be able to quickly achieve the same result. Actually the position of Russia is different because the relations between Russia and Moldova are better than those with Ukraine.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. A group of singers in the backstage of the event organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary from the referendum that, on september,17,2006 acknowledged the friendship between Russia and Pridnestrovie. The annexation of the Crimea to Russia has led the government of Pridnestrovie to hope to be able to quickly achieve the same result. Actually the position of Russia is different because the relations between Russia and Moldova are better than those with Ukraine.
  8. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Anna Osadceaia, 20 years old during an house party. She studies event managment. After an experience in Italy, she now dreams to move there. Like many other youngs, she cannot see any kind of future in her country but moving abroad is not always easy because the passport of the country is not recognized and most of them cannot afford the travel expenses. Most of them dream to move to Russia, the country they feel to belong.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Anna Osadceaia, 20 years old during an house party. She studies event managment. After an experience in Italy, she now dreams to move there. Like many other youngs, she cannot see any kind of future in her country but moving abroad is not always easy because the passport of the country is not recognized and most of them cannot afford the travel expenses. Most of them dream to move to Russia, the country they feel to belong.
  9. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young boy is playing with a mobile phone under the Alexander Suvorov monument in the city center. Suvorov was the founder of the city in 1792.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young boy is playing with a mobile phone under the Alexander Suvorov monument in the city center. Suvorov was the founder of the city in 1792.
  10. Slabadzia, Pridnestrovie. Sergej Getman, 25, Anna Getman, 23 and their baby Alissa, 4 months years old in their apartment. Anna is a wedding photographer and Sergej works as a chef in a restaurant. They got marriage in 2015 after 8 years of engagement. They are part of the middle class and they are not among those who want to leave the country but they prefere to stay and build their own future in Pridnestrovie. They hope that the international community will recognize the country because they cannot travel as much as they would because the passport is unrecognized as well as the currency. They think that at the moment there isn't a real Pridnestrovian culture but they hope to grow up their kid as a real Russian.
    Slabadzia, Pridnestrovie. Sergej Getman, 25, Anna Getman, 23 and their baby Alissa, 4 months years old in their apartment. Anna is a wedding photographer and Sergej works as a chef in a restaurant. They got marriage in 2015 after 8 years of engagement. They are part of the middle class and they are not among those who want to leave the country but they prefere to stay and build their own future in Pridnestrovie. They hope that the international community will recognize the country because they cannot travel as much as they would because the passport is unrecognized as well as the currency. They think that at the moment there isn't a real Pridnestrovian culture but they hope to grow up their kid as a real Russian.
  11. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young boy emerges from the Dnepr river's waters. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young boy emerges from the Dnepr river's waters. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
  12. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sunset on the Dnepr river. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sunset on the Dnepr river. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
  13. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Tanya Dunaevskaya, 20 years old. Vegan and raw foddist. She has one daughter and she made her first tattoo at 14 and she uses tattoes and body modifications as a way of self expression. Her lifestyle is not well accepted in the country and people see her as a negative figure. The lackof open mind opinions and culture in general convince her to leave the country and move to Kiev first and then, maybe, to Poland.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Tanya Dunaevskaya, 20 years old. Vegan and raw foddist. She has one daughter and she made her first tattoo at 14 and she uses tattoes and body modifications as a way of self expression. Her lifestyle is not well accepted in the country and people see her as a negative figure. The lackof open mind opinions and culture in general convince her to leave the country and move to Kiev first and then, maybe, to Poland.
  14. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A group of workers are cleaning and preparing the area in front of House of Culture in the city center for an upcoming event organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary from the referendum that, on september,17,2006  acknowledged the friendship between Russia and Pridnestrovie. The annexation of the Crimea to Russia has led the government of Pridnestrovie to hope to be able to quickly achieve the same result. Actually the position of Russia is different because the relations between Russia and Moldova are better than those with Ukraine.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A group of workers are cleaning and preparing the area in front of House of Culture in the city center for an upcoming event organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary from the referendum that, on september,17,2006 acknowledged the friendship between Russia and Pridnestrovie. The annexation of the Crimea to Russia has led the government of Pridnestrovie to hope to be able to quickly achieve the same result. Actually the position of Russia is different because the relations between Russia and Moldova are better than those with Ukraine.
  15. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Sound check of an event organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary from the referendum that, on september,17,2006  acknowledged the friendship between Russia and Pridnestrovie. The annexation of the Crimea to Russia has led the government of Pridnestrovie to hope to be able to quickly achieve the same result. Actually the position of Russia is different because the relations between Russia and Moldova are better than those with Ukraine.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Sound check of an event organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary from the referendum that, on september,17,2006 acknowledged the friendship between Russia and Pridnestrovie. The annexation of the Crimea to Russia has led the government of Pridnestrovie to hope to be able to quickly achieve the same result. Actually the position of Russia is different because the relations between Russia and Moldova are better than those with Ukraine.
  16. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Athletic stadium,  Daily trainings of a runner. All the Pridnestrovian athlets are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Athletic stadium, Daily trainings of a runner. All the Pridnestrovian athlets are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
  17. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Vitez boxing club. An athlete is preparing for his daily trainings. In the same club there are also one world champion, two european champions and many in the world ranking. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Vitez boxing club. An athlete is preparing for his daily trainings. In the same club there are also one world champion, two european champions and many in the world ranking. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
  18. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Athletic stadium, javelin daily trainings. From right to left Oleinik Aleksej, 17 years old european vice-champion, Picus Denis, 18 years old Ukrainian champion and Orlon Nikolaj (red shirt), 17 years old Russian champion. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Athletic stadium, javelin daily trainings. From right to left Oleinik Aleksej, 17 years old european vice-champion, Picus Denis, 18 years old Ukrainian champion and Orlon Nikolaj (red shirt), 17 years old Russian champion. All of them are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
  19. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Families on the turistic sunday boat on the Dnepr river are making a round trip from Tiraspol to Bender. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Families on the turistic sunday boat on the Dnepr river are making a round trip from Tiraspol to Bender. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
  20. Kichcani village, Pridnestrovie. View from inside one of the most important Ortodox complex in Pridnestrovie.
    Kichcani village, Pridnestrovie. View from inside one of the most important Ortodox complex in Pridnestrovie.
  21. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. View from a boat on the Dnepr river. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. View from a boat on the Dnepr river. The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
  22. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Alla on her wedding day in front of her parents apartment in a popular district of the city on her way to the ortodox church
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Alla on her wedding day in front of her parents apartment in a popular district of the city on her way to the ortodox church
  23. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sergej on his wedding day in his parents apartment, located in a popular district of the city, before going to visit and take his future bride from her family's house to the ortodox church they have chosen for the rite.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sergej on his wedding day in his parents apartment, located in a popular district of the city, before going to visit and take his future bride from her family's house to the ortodox church they have chosen for the rite.
  24. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Photos of a candidate for the Russian elections. The citizens of Pridnestrovie with Russian passports can take part in elections. Putin's party has a clear majority among the residential preferences and makes a strong campaign.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Photos of a candidate for the Russian elections. The citizens of Pridnestrovie with Russian passports can take part in elections. Putin's party has a clear majority among the residential preferences and makes a strong campaign.
  25. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Remains of a Soviet amusement park in a former industrial area of the city remembers the 25th anniversary from the declaration of independence.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Remains of a Soviet amusement park in a former industrial area of the city remembers the 25th anniversary from the declaration of independence.
  26. Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Kristina Zveryanskaya, Ekaterina Metlinskaya and Olga Roshka during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Kristina Zveryanskaya, Ekaterina Metlinskaya and Olga Roshka during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college.
  27. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Alla on her wedding day is waiting with her future husband Sergej, her mother and her grandmother to start the ceremony of their wedding outside the ortodox church they have chosen for the rite in a popular district of the city
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Alla on her wedding day is waiting with her future husband Sergej, her mother and her grandmother to start the ceremony of their wedding outside the ortodox church they have chosen for the rite in a popular district of the city
  28. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Arseniy Stelya, 26 years old with Elisabeth Nalivaico, 20 years old and their kid Kirill, 7 months in their house. She left her work to be a mum, He wants to become a journalist. His life is completely changed after the born of Kirill because he found the strengh to quit using drugs. They earn 300$ per month and receive 100$ extra from the government  as a social aid to young couples.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Arseniy Stelya, 26 years old with Elisabeth Nalivaico, 20 years old and their kid Kirill, 7 months in their house. She left her work to be a mum, He wants to become a journalist. His life is completely changed after the born of Kirill because he found the strengh to quit using drugs. They earn 300$ per month and receive 100$ extra from the government as a social aid to young couples.
  29. Kichcani village, Pridnestrovie. A young girl is making a selfie after the visit to one of the most important Ortodox complex in Pridnestrovie.
    Kichcani village, Pridnestrovie. A young girl is making a selfie after the visit to one of the most important Ortodox complex in Pridnestrovie.
  30. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie.  Andrej Stratu, 19 years old. Rapper. His family is Moldovian and he considers itself Moldovan not Pridnestrovian. He organizes Hip Hop events and contests. In his lyrics he preferes not to speak about political contents.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Andrej Stratu, 19 years old. Rapper. His family is Moldovian and he considers itself Moldovan not Pridnestrovian. He organizes Hip Hop events and contests. In his lyrics he preferes not to speak about political contents.
  31. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. In all the bus stops of the city, there are message boards that offer trips to Moscow and apartments.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. In all the bus stops of the city, there are message boards that offer trips to Moscow and apartments.
  32. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. In all the bus stops of the city, there are message boards that offer trips to Moscow and apartments.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. In all the bus stops of the city, there are message boards that offer trips to Moscow and apartments.
  33. Bender, Pridnestrovie. On the roof of an abandoned building few hundred meters from the border with Moldova.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. On the roof of an abandoned building few hundred meters from the border with Moldova.
  34. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Anastasia Krokhmal, 20 years old. She studied as hair stylist but now she's improving her english because she dreams to move to Poland and to work as interpreter and translator.Like many other youngs, she cannot see any kind of future in her country but moving abroad is not always easy because the passport of the country is not recognized and most of them cannot afford the travel expenses. Most of them dream to move to Russia, the country they feel to belong.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Anastasia Krokhmal, 20 years old. She studied as hair stylist but now she's improving her english because she dreams to move to Poland and to work as interpreter and translator.Like many other youngs, she cannot see any kind of future in her country but moving abroad is not always easy because the passport of the country is not recognized and most of them cannot afford the travel expenses. Most of them dream to move to Russia, the country they feel to belong.
  35. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Young boys are running under the airplane monument to military pilots in the Victory park.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Young boys are running under the airplane monument to military pilots in the Victory park.
  36. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young woman at a wedding. marriage is seen as the only possibility to leave the parental home. Women usually marry between 18 and 22 years.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young woman at a wedding. marriage is seen as the only possibility to leave the parental home. Women usually marry between 18 and 22 years.
  37. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Photos of a candidate for the Russian elections. The citizens of Pridnestrovie with Russian passports can take part in elections. Putin's party has a clear majority among the residential preferences and makes a strong campaign.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Photos of a candidate for the Russian elections. The citizens of Pridnestrovie with Russian passports can take part in elections. Putin's party has a clear majority among the residential preferences and makes a strong campaign.
  38. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Tanya Dunaevskaya, 20 years old. Vegan and raw foddist. She has one daughter and she made her first tattoo at 14 and she uses tattoes and body modifications as a way of self expression. Her lifestyle is not well accepted in the country and people see her as a negative figure. The lackof open mind opinions and culture in general convince her to leave the country and move to Kiev first and then, maybe, to Poland.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Tanya Dunaevskaya, 20 years old. Vegan and raw foddist. She has one daughter and she made her first tattoo at 14 and she uses tattoes and body modifications as a way of self expression. Her lifestyle is not well accepted in the country and people see her as a negative figure. The lackof open mind opinions and culture in general convince her to leave the country and move to Kiev first and then, maybe, to Poland.
  39. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Panoramic view of the city.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Panoramic view of the city.
  40. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Andrej Romanov, 20 years old. Sculpture student at the Benderian high art college. his dream is to become a tattoo artist in Ukraine or Poland.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Andrej Romanov, 20 years old. Sculpture student at the Benderian high art college. his dream is to become a tattoo artist in Ukraine or Poland.
  41. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Soviet propaganda for the space program on a wall.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Soviet propaganda for the space program on a wall.
  42. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Old score board from Soviet times. The hill in the background is already Moldavian territory.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Old score board from Soviet times. The hill in the background is already Moldavian territory.
  43. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young boy playing football in a playground
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A young boy playing football in a playground
  44. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A student of the secondary class of the school number 12 during the gym excercises.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A student of the secondary class of the school number 12 during the gym excercises.
  45. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A skater in a skate park on the shore of the Dnepr river.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A skater in a skate park on the shore of the Dnepr river.
  46. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Panoramic view of the Dnepr river. On the floor you can read "wherever we are, we will always see the same moon ". The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Panoramic view of the Dnepr river. On the floor you can read "wherever we are, we will always see the same moon ". The river is one of the major rivers of Europe (fourth by length). Pridnestrovie's name literally means "beyond the River Dnepr". Along its shores has been fought the heaviest fights during the independence war in 1992 because the river itself represented a natural border between the Russian an Moldavian population.
  47. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sdiassor 2 im.B.Dolgina sport center,  Daily trainings of two athletes. All the Pridnestrovian athlets are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sdiassor 2 im.B.Dolgina sport center, Daily trainings of two athletes. All the Pridnestrovian athlets are forced to compete under the flag of an other nation because Pridnestrovie being unrecognized, cannot partecipate in any international sport event.
  48. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sdiussor Gym center. Some kids during their daily martial arts trainings.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sdiussor Gym center. Some kids during their daily martial arts trainings.
  49. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Inside an occupied building. This building was destroyed during the street-fighting during the Revolutionary War. Here, some young people, often organize underground parties.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Inside an occupied building. This building was destroyed during the street-fighting during the Revolutionary War. Here, some young people, often organize underground parties.
  50. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Reflection on a window of a young girl on a bus.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Reflection on a window of a young girl on a bus.
  51. Bender, Pridnestrovie. A young boy is posing for a picture during an Hip Hop contest pretending to be rap star.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. A young boy is posing for a picture during an Hip Hop contest pretending to be rap star.
  52. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Vintage club disco, one of the most important club in Tiraspol.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Vintage club disco, one of the most important club in Tiraspol.
  53. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Evidences of black masses Inside the abandoned and vandalized house of culture used for illegal rave parties too.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Evidences of black masses Inside the abandoned and vandalized house of culture used for illegal rave parties too.
  54. Bender, Pridnestrovie. The abandoned and vandalized house of culture. Now is used for illegal rave parties.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. The abandoned and vandalized house of culture. Now is used for illegal rave parties.
  55. Slabadzia, Pridnestrovie. Anna Getman, 23 plays with her daughter Alissa, 4 months years old in her apartment. Anna is a wedding photographer. She is part of the middle class and she is not among those who want to leave the country but she preferes to stay and build her own future in Pridnestrovie. She hopes that the international community will recognize the country because she cannot travel as much as she would because the passport is unrecognized as well as the currency. She thinks that at the moment there isn't a real Pridnestrovian culture but she hopes to grow up her kid as a real Russian.
    Slabadzia, Pridnestrovie. Anna Getman, 23 plays with her daughter Alissa, 4 months years old in her apartment. Anna is a wedding photographer. She is part of the middle class and she is not among those who want to leave the country but she preferes to stay and build her own future in Pridnestrovie. She hopes that the international community will recognize the country because she cannot travel as much as she would because the passport is unrecognized as well as the currency. She thinks that at the moment there isn't a real Pridnestrovian culture but she hopes to grow up her kid as a real Russian.
  56. Kichcani village, Pridnestrovie. Local school's kids drawnings depicting memories of the 1992 independence war.
    Kichcani village, Pridnestrovie. Local school's kids drawnings depicting memories of the 1992 independence war.
  57. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Soviet Union simbols in a city park.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Soviet Union simbols in a city park.
  58. Bender, Pridnestrovie. Cable factory in an industrial area of the city where most of the factories are out of business and abandoned due to the international embargo that caused the failure of the 80% of the industries and the loss of the job for many people.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. Cable factory in an industrial area of the city where most of the factories are out of business and abandoned due to the international embargo that caused the failure of the 80% of the industries and the loss of the job for many people.
  59. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Darya Reykhova, 18 years old. She had a son when she was very young and since that moment her life completely changed
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Darya Reykhova, 18 years old. She had a son when she was very young and since that moment her life completely changed
  60. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Traditional family propaganda from Soviet times.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Traditional family propaganda from Soviet times.
  61. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Inside the headquarter of PGTRK television, the first state TV channell. they have three different redactions, one for each languages and cultures spoken and represented in the country: Moldavian, Russian and Ukrainian.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Inside the headquarter of PGTRK television, the first state TV channell. they have three different redactions, one for each languages and cultures spoken and represented in the country: Moldavian, Russian and Ukrainian.
  62. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Inside the headquarter of PGTRK television, the first state TV channell. they have three different redactions, one for each languages and cultures spoken and represented in the country: Moldavian, Russian and Ukrainian.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Inside the headquarter of PGTRK television, the first state TV channell. they have three different redactions, one for each languages and cultures spoken and represented in the country: Moldavian, Russian and Ukrainian.
  63. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Arseniy Stelya, 26 years old with his kid Kirill, 7 months in their house. He wants to become a journalist. His life is completely changed after the born of Kirill because he found the strengh to quit using drugs. The family earns 300$ per month and receives 100$ extra from the government  as a social aid to young couples.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Arseniy Stelya, 26 years old with his kid Kirill, 7 months in their house. He wants to become a journalist. His life is completely changed after the born of Kirill because he found the strengh to quit using drugs. The family earns 300$ per month and receives 100$ extra from the government as a social aid to young couples.
  64. Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Ekaterina Metlinskaya, Kristina Zveryanskaya,  Olga Roshka and Ksenia Nazarova during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Ekaterina Metlinskaya, Kristina Zveryanskaya, Olga Roshka and Ksenia Nazarova during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs.
  65. Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Ekaterina Metlinskaya, Kristina Zveryanskaya,  Olga Roshka and Ksenia Nazarova during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Ekaterina Metlinskaya, Kristina Zveryanskaya, Olga Roshka and Ksenia Nazarova during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs.
  66. Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Ekaterina Metlinskaya, Kristina Zveryanskaya,  Olga Roshka and Ksenia Nazarova during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs.
    Bender, Pridnestrovie. From right to left Ekaterina Metlinskaya, Kristina Zveryanskaya, Olga Roshka and Ksenia Nazarova during a daily painting lesson in the Benderian high art college. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs. Art students dream of a future abroad where people can invest in culture as opposed to what is happening in their country where the savings are used to meet basic needs.
  67. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Kristina Sinyavskaya during the week she works as a dancer in the night clubs in order to save the money to leave the country and go to live abroad.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Kristina Sinyavskaya during the week she works as a dancer in the night clubs in order to save the money to leave the country and go to live abroad.
  68. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sunset on a Sheriff gasoline station. Basically, during the last years, Transnistrian government policies have isolated the region from the rest of Moldova, allowing Sheriff to forge a monopoly there. Formed in the early 1990s by Viktor Gushan and Ilya Kazmaly, former members of the special services, now has also the son of the president in the board. Sheriff has grown to include nearly all forms of profitable private business in the country and has even become significantly involved in Transnistrian politics and Soccer. In fact, Sheriff owns a chain of petrol stations, a chain of supermarkets, a TV channel, a publishing house, a construction company, a Mercedes-Benz dealer, an advertising agency, a spirits factory, two bread factories, a mobile phone network, the football club FC Sheriff Tiraspol and its newly built Sheriff Stadium at an estimated cost of $200 million including a five-star hotel still under construction.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Sunset on a Sheriff gasoline station. Basically, during the last years, Transnistrian government policies have isolated the region from the rest of Moldova, allowing Sheriff to forge a monopoly there. Formed in the early 1990s by Viktor Gushan and Ilya Kazmaly, former members of the special services, now has also the son of the president in the board. Sheriff has grown to include nearly all forms of profitable private business in the country and has even become significantly involved in Transnistrian politics and Soccer. In fact, Sheriff owns a chain of petrol stations, a chain of supermarkets, a TV channel, a publishing house, a construction company, a Mercedes-Benz dealer, an advertising agency, a spirits factory, two bread factories, a mobile phone network, the football club FC Sheriff Tiraspol and its newly built Sheriff Stadium at an estimated cost of $200 million including a five-star hotel still under construction.
  69. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Night view of a popular district of the city.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Night view of a popular district of the city.
  70. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A group of bikers in a skate park on the shore of the Dnepr river.
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. A group of bikers in a skate park on the shore of the Dnepr river.
  71. Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Kids playing in the streets of Kirovski district, one of the poorest area of the city. Most of the inhabitants of this discrict lost their jobs due to the economical crisis. The international embargo caused the failure of the 80% of the industries
    Tiraspol, Pridnestrovie. Kids playing in the streets of Kirovski district, one of the poorest area of the city. Most of the inhabitants of this discrict lost their jobs due to the economical crisis. The international embargo caused the failure of the 80% of the industries