Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova & Transdniester Gallery
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The Isle of Tears, a memorial to the Belorussian soldiers who died in the Soviet-Afghan war, 1979-1989.
The Zaslavsky Jewish Monument commemorates the 5,000 Jews from Minsk who were murdered by the Nazis on March 2nd, 1942.
Independence Monument, Maidan Square. The figure represents Berehynia, an old Slavic Water Goddess. In Ukraine, she is revered as the Hearth Mother and Protectress of the Earth.
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Chernobyl Reactor No. 4, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster on April 25th, 1986, the effects of which were felt as far away as Turkey. The adjoining Reactor No. 3 continued to be in use for another decade. The new confinement structure was moved into place in November 2016.
Once home to 50,000 people: the abandoned city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Although reportedly evacuated on 27th April 1986, two days after the disaster, the dates penned in workbooks in derelict schools contradicts the official narrative.
Due to begin operating on May 1st, 1986, although the Pripyat Amusement Park never officially opened, stories attest to the park briefly running in order to distract residents from the disaster unfolding just five kilometres away.
The Roma town of Soroca is inordinatedly wealthy by Moldovan standards. Officially affluent due trade with Ukraine, located directly across the Dniester River, many believe its prosperity is founded on drug trafficking. In an effort to avoid paying property taxes, unfinished mansions abound.
Containing some two hundred rooms, the cave monastery complex at Orheiul Vechi in Moldova was dug out by monks in the thirteenth century.
Soviet armoured tank monument in the Heroes Cemetery, Tiraspol, Transdniester commemorating those who died in the seperatist war with Moldova.
All images copyright Stephen M. Bland