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Moldova: Bessarabian Blues by Mads Nissen (37 images)

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Once one of the richest republics in the Soviet Union, Moldova, historically known as Bessarabia, is now officially the poorest country in Europe according to the World Bank. Landlocked and wedged in between Romania, an EU member and Ukraine, another former Soviet republic, Moldova today finds itself pulled in different directions by a variety of powerful forces.

One of the chronic problems is the unstoppable drain of people leaving the country. Young, better-educated, Moldovans...
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