Statue of Alexander Suvorov on a horse in Tiraspol
Entrance to Pobedy Park
A family passing along a giant statue of Lenin
Communist mural along the main street
A green Lada at a stop sign
A man waving from a concrete apartment building
The foyer of a hostel in Tiraspol with three chairs
Old busses along the main street
People waiting for the bus along the main street
A bus stop
An old male street musician playing the accordion near Alexander Suvorov's statue
Women selling used clothes and books in the park
Old Soviet textbooks fom the 60s and 70s
A shopkeeper in Bender's central market
A T-34 tank on display in front of an orthodox church
A woman entering a Russian orthodox church
A woman climbing the stairs at Bender train station
Travellers enduring the sweltering train compartment from Tiraspol to Chisinau

transnistria

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.

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