About Tiraspol Streets
Transnistria occupies an interesting position in the world stage, that it shares with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. All three are Russian sattelite states held in place solely by Russian military power. Inside Transnistria, a breakaway republic just across the Dniester in Moldova, Lenin still stands tall. But in reality Transnistria is wild west capitalism at its finest, our sources tell us. This lawless environment has proven fertile ground for international criminal organizations that thrive here. Along the boulevards flanked with communist billboards, the numberous Porsche Cayenne's that roam here attest to the immense wealth that flows through this country.
Under the thin communist veneer, crime and hidden open markets make Transnistria work.
About the streets project
Few things are more telling about communities than the streets they live on and around. The Streets project aims to document living conditions and the state of communities in places that are only known in the West by the news of their wars, poverty, and other hardships. This project is about showing the daily life that's not commonly featured.
- 135.000 population
- 21% national poverty rate (Moldova)