ARE WE EUROPE
ARE WE EUROPE
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A Moldavian Childhood on the Left Bank

BY RAMIN MAZUR

Ramin was born on the left bank of the Dniester river in the former Soviet republic of Moldovia. Being born and raised in this de facto state, he decided to document it, but then faced the fact that he started to picture it in the same cliche manner as any other media did. An intimate portrait of Ramin's childhood 'home'. 

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 Transnistria. An unrecognized but independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police and currency. It has its own constitution, flag and national anthem. But who knows this place? Where is it?

Transnistria. An unrecognized but independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police and currency. It has its own constitution, flag and national anthem. But who knows this place? Where is it?

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 After the breakdown of the USSR, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state located on the left bank of the Dniester river escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992.

After the breakdown of the USSR, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state located on the left bank of the Dniester river escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992.

 Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved. Transnistria has all the facets of a state, but none of the recognition.

Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved. Transnistria has all the facets of a state, but none of the recognition.

 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.

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.

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 So Ramin decided to go deeper and abstract himself from this post-soviet oddity of an unrecognized state and rather focus on it as the region he was grew up in.

So Ramin decided to go deeper and abstract himself from this post-soviet oddity of an unrecognized state and rather focus on it as the region he was grew up in.

 Asking himself: is this a home of mine or not?

Asking himself: is this a home of mine or not?

 Do other people feel at home here or is it a temporary place which they would leave for a reliable one?

Do other people feel at home here or is it a temporary place which they would leave for a reliable one?

 Ramin: "I don't pretend to answer the questions but at least I want to be closer to understand why the Dniester bank of my childhood is the  left  one."

Ramin: "I don't pretend to answer the questions but at least I want to be closer to understand why the Dniester bank of my childhood is the left one."

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 "Or rather, the one I left."

"Or rather, the one I left."

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