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EU star shaped flower beds are seen in the Stefan cel Mare parc in the center of Chisinau, on Mai 5, 2015.

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2 of 29 © 2022 Chiara Dazi

Geese flap at sunrise in the village of BeÅŸalma, Gagauzia region, on October 16, 2017.

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Kids eat in the canteen of a school in RuÅŸesti Noi, Ialoveni district, on Mai 5, 2015.

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A soldier of the Guard of honour [Gardāƒ de onoare] is crouched in front of a low relief at the Victory day Memorial [Complexul Memorial Eternitate] in the city of Chisinau, on Mai 5, 2015.

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Children play on a tank after the end of the parade for the Victory day celebrations in Tiraspol, Transnistria region, on Mai 9, 2015.

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Women soldiers wear nail polish in the colour of the Transnistrian flag on the main reharsal a few days before the Independence day parade in Tiraspol, Transnistria region, on August 31, 2015.

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After some protesters attacked the back entrance of the Parliament building, fire are lit to warm up the crowd which gathered in front the "Victory'" tent camp in the centre of Chisinau. Socialists and members of the party "Nasha Partiya" [our party] had survived the hard winter with heated tents, huts with styropoar shells gathered in front of the Moldovan Parliament. On January 20, 2016.

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The protest with tents settled on the main square of Chisinau, on September 7, 2015.

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Women look out the rear window of the trolleybus number 24 directed towards the Ciocana neighbourhood from the city centre, on the Puskin street in Chisinau, on February 23, 2016.

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A child plays in the woods in the outskirts of the city of Tvardiţa, Taraclia district, on July 16, 2016.

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Turkic speaking Gagauzian women cook in the courtyard of the Othodox parrish in preparation of the meal for the village day celebrations, Joltai, Gagauzia region, on June 04, 2017.

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Food supplies are seen in the cellar of a house in BeÅŸalma, Gagauzia region, on October 18, 2017.

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People are gathered in the Orthodox church of BeÅŸalma, Gagauzia region, on October 14, 2017.

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A flock climbing the hill at sunrise on a freezing cold winter day on the hills on top of Ceadîr-Lunga, Gagauzia region, on November 3, 2015.

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15 of 29 © 2022 Chiara Dazi

A horse is seen in a stable at sunrise in CimiÅŸlia, on August 27, 2016.

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A shared lunch is seen on a hay bale in a horses stable, in Ceadîr-Lunga, Gagauzia region, on Mai 6, 2017.

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A woman looks out the window of a shop in Ceadîr-Lunga, Gagauzia region, on December 18, 2015.

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A group of women is making a selfie in front of the "Declaration of Reunification" board in Straseni, a small city 14 miles from Chisinau. An symbolic declaration of unification with Romania was signed by the local mayor, the council members, the former president of Romania Nicolae Basescu and many citizens also add their names on the board, on March 24, 2018, in the yar of the 100th anniversary of the Great Romania.

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People gathered for a horse race in Besarabasca, on July 17, 2016.

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Families and soldiers are gathered at a soldiers' oath to the army in a military base in Cahul, southern Moldova, on February 19, 2016.

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Children fight in the traditional Moldovan wrestling style in front of the inhabitants of the village during a local celebration, in Braviceni, Orhei region, on June 11, 2017.

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A Dacia car is parked in front of the arch monument in the main square of Chisinau, on August 2, 2016.

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Tanja's legs are seen in front of the Moldovan Parliament in Chisinau, on April 26, 2015.

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Families stand near the graveyards in the cemetery, to mourn four youths who recently died on a car accident, in Soroca, northern Moldova, on April 16, 2018, during the Pastele Blanjilor celebrations.

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Veterans of the 1992 war between Republic of Moldova and Transnistria share a meal in the courtyard of an orthodox church on the annivrsary of the end of th war, in Chisinau, on March 2, 2016.

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A priest stands on top of truck during a procession in where believers walk an icon on foot from Chisinau to Soroca, on the road near FloreÅŸti, on July 22, 2018.

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Teams made of pro-reunification Romanian and Moldovan nationals play in the field of the shopping mall Malldova as a Romanian flag hangs on the right and supporters stand in the snow, in the Ciocana area of the Capital city Chisinau, on March 24, 2018.
The football tournament "Unification Trophee" is organised in honour of the 100th anniversary of unification between Romania with the Moldovan Republic of 1918.

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Kids play and train in the gym in Abaclia, southern Moldova, on Mai 11, 2018.

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Sheeps walk along the river near the old bridge, in Varvareuca, on July 22, 2018

Public Story
Republic of Moldova: a review
Copyright Chiara Dazi 2022
Date of Work Aug 2015 - Sep 2018
Updated Mar 2022
Topics Agriculture, Animals, Borders, ChiaraDazi, Chisinau, Christianity, Community, Comrat, Documentary, Elections, Essays, Faith, Food, Gagauzia, Landscape, Military, Minority, Moldau, Moldawien, Moldova, Politics, Portraiture, Poverty, Religion, Soldiers, Sports, Tiraspol, Transnistria, Travel, Veterans, Youth
At the other Presidential election of November, in a tiny country at the edge of the European Union, the 3,5 million citizens of the Republic of Moldova took the path of change. In 2020, Maia Sandu won against President Igor Dodon after she had lost on a very slim number of votes in 2016.

In 2016, I photographed Maia Sandu in the Republic of Moldova. This series presents a selection of unpublished images taken between 2015 to 2018, while I was travelling around this amazing country. From North to South, East to West, with a breakaway region, different languages are spoken. With an intricate history, I discovered a beautiful landscape, ancient traditions, and many welcoming people.  

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