Moldova

Food

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.
Molly Harris
2.7.19
Photography

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.
Thomas Vorreyer
4.2.18
Photography

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.
Adina Florea
8.21.17
Self-Doxing

‘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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.31.17
the trials and tribulations of rohan ricketts

"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.
Robert O'Connor
4.3.17
Photos

Photos of Childhood in Europe's Poorest Nation

Asa Sjöström documents the resilience of childhood in the ex-Soviet nation.
Asa Sjöström
5.12.16
Moldova

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.
VICE News
2.2.16
liquor

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.
Emelyn Rude
1.31.16
Cookbooks

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.”
Johanna Derry
12.1.15
russia

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.
Tess Owen
11.26.15
crime & drugs

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.
Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith
11.12.15
News

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.
Mark Hay
10.7.15
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