After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of that agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova, Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarized zone, comprising twenty localities on both sides of the river. Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved: Transnistria is an unrecognized but independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, and currency. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and coat of arms.

Being born and raised in this de facto state I decided to document it, but then faced the fact that I started to picture it in the same cliche-istic manner as foreign media show it. So I decided to go deeper and abstract myself from post soviet oddity of unrecognised state and focus on it as on the region I was grown in. Is it a home of mine or not, do other people feel themselves at home or at temporary place which they would leave for reliable one if only they could? I don't pretend to answer the questions but at least want to be closer to understand why the left bank of my childhood is the left one.


ongoing project
Ghidirim village is situated on the left bank of Dniester river under Transnistrian authority. Habitants of the village are Moldovans or those who moved from Podolia historic region. In 1905 there was 981 villagers registered


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ramin mazur, left bank, transnistria
Prom manifestation at Ribnita, second biggest industrial center in Transnistrian region.


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After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of tha
After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of tha
After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of tha
Maria Yakimovna, villager of Ghidirim. She is a widow and lives alone for past 15 years, trying to manage somehow to help her daughters and grandchildren. Although they ask her to not do that and rest more, it is hard to stop
Nikita, teen from Ribnita while watching TV shows in his parents room.
Museum of Zelinschi Liceum in Tiraspol. Transnistria. Republic of Moldova
After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of tha
After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of tha
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