Katrine and Alexander rest in the room at Katrine's parents house in Ribnita. Transnistrian Region. 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 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 bank of my childhood is the left one.

transnistria, moldova
Girl standing in central square of Ribnita during prom manifestation.
Maslinitsa celebration in Ribnita.
Main square of Ribnita city, second biggest biggest industrial centre of Transnistrian region.
Last bell manifestation in Ribnita, Transnistria
Katerine and Alexander during their walk on river bank. Ribnita, Transnistria
Katrine with her mother at their courtyard. Ribnita, Transnistria
An alley in Ribnita. Transnistria
Katrine and Alexander watering garden together. Ribnita, Transnistria
Children of Dorotcaia village perform national dances during the concert dedicated for the teachers day.
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Alexander shaves head before his millitary service. Ribnita, Transnistria
Katerine and Alexander during his day of millitary service. Ribnita, Transnistria
Alexander staring on a bridge acros Dniester river. Ribnita, Transnistrian region.
Exposive liquidation during the peacekeepers military training near Gura Bicului village.

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