Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova & Transdniester Gallery

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Minsk
Minsk

The Isle of Tears, a memorial to the Belorussian soldiers who died in the Soviet-Afghan war, 1979-1989.

Minsk
Minsk

The National Library of Belarus. The rhombicuboctahedron contains over two million documents.

Minsk
Minsk

The Zaslavsky Jewish Monument commemorates the 5,000 Jews from Minsk who were murdered by the Nazis on March 2nd, 1942.

Minsk
Minsk

The Belorussian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.

Minsk
Minsk

Typical Soviet sculpture, now perched above a KFC.

Kiev
Kiev

A Beach on Dolobetckly Island in the Dnipro River.

Kiev
Kiev

Statue by the Metro Bridge at the foot of Eternal Glory Park.

Kiev
Kiev

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.

Kiev
Kiev

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, statue of the Archangel Michael, Patron Saint of Kiev.

Mezhyhirya
Mezhyhirya

Former President, Viktor Yanukovich's mansion, 350 acres, replete with heliport.

Kopachi
Kopachi

Abandoned kindergarten, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Kopachi
Kopachi

Abandoned kindergarten, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
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.

Pripyat
Pripyat

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.

Pripyat
Pripyat

Derelict superstore in the abandoned city.

Pripyat
Pripyat

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.

Chișinău
Chișinău

Brutalist State Circus, Chisinau, Moldova.

Soroca
Soroca

Medieval Military Fortress built by the Moldovan princes between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Soroca
Soroca

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.

Orheiul Vechi
Orheiul Vechi

View from the cave monastery complex in Moldova.

Orheiul Vechi
Orheiul Vechi

Containing some two hundred rooms, the cave monastery complex at Orheiul Vechi in Moldova was dug out by monks in the thirteenth century.

Tiraspol
Tiraspol

Lenin looks out from the House of Soviets, Tiraspol, Transdniester.

Tiraspol
Tiraspol

Onion-domed church in Heroes Square, Tiraspol, Transdniester.

Tiraspol
Tiraspol

Soviet armoured tank monument in the Heroes Cemetery, Tiraspol, Transdniester commemorating those who died in the seperatist war with Moldova.

Transdniester
Transdniester

Currency Transdniester-style, utterly worthless outside the unrecognised country.

All images copyright Stephen M. Bland