The Moldovian Winery That Serves the Nearly-Forgotten Food of Gagauzia
There's a quiet pseudo-state contained within Moldova’s borders: Gagauzia, an autonomous region with its own people, culture, language, and cuisine.
It's Hard Being Young in a Country That Doesn't Exist
Photographer Anton Polyakov's latest project documents how young people in Transnistria are struggling to establish some form of youth culture.
Photos from Transnistria, the Country That Doesn't Exist
The United Nations may not formally recognize the country's independence, but 500,000 Transnistrians deserve to be seen.
‘Lone Wolf’ Criminal Hacker Gets Doxed Thanks To Series Of Dumb Mistakes
A cybercriminal from Eastern Europe who has been hacking a Chinese company for years appears to have carelessly exposed his own real identity.
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"I Just Felt Cheated": Rohan Ricketts Discusses His Nightmare Spell In Moldova
Having signed for Moldovan side FC Dacia in 2010, things quickly went sour for Rohan Ricketts. With wages unpaid, contracts manipulated and legal options seemingly exhausted, his time in Moldova left him disillusioned with the game.
Photos of Childhood in Europe's Poorest Nation
Asa Sjöström documents the resilience of childhood in the ex-Soviet nation.
Corruption and Scandal: Crisis in Moldova (Dispatch 1)
VICE News went to the impoverished country of Moldova, where $1 billion mysteriously disappeared from the banking system last year, to speak to the people demanding the government step down.
I Went to a Country that Doesn’t Exist to Drink Its Famous Brandy
Located between Moldova and the Ukraine, Transnistria has yet to receive any international acknowledgement that it actually exists. Despite that, it happens to produce some extremely fine—and extremely expensive—brandy.
This Ukrainian Cookbook Is Part Family History, Part Dumpling Heaven
“Cookbooks don’t have to be about recipes from a chef,” says Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & Beyond. “I like recipes because of the stories they might tell about a culture and all these things our grandmothers used to make.”
Moldova Arrests 13 Accused of Plotting to Establish Russian Separatist Republic
Moldovan authorities detained 13 suspected members of a paramilitary group accused of plotting to attack the capital and seize control of another city.
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An Unknown Black Marketeer from Russia May Have The Fuel for a Nuclear Bomb
US officials say the presence of identical nuclear explosive materials in three separate smuggling incidents indicates someone has a larger cache — and is hunting for a buyer.
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We Asked Two Experts if We Should Be Worried About the Islamic State Getting Nuclear Weapons
They told us that there's no reason to lose your shit about the prospect of terrorists getting "nukes" on the black market. But it would be possible for them to acquire some kinds of radioactive material.