Photographer's Note

During Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe sculpture of Lenin was the most popular monument in these countries. You could see him almost in every city. But after collapsing of communism, communist leader and thinkers, including Lenin, Stalin, Marx and Dzerzhinsky were destroyed or moved to outside museums of Soviet-era statues.

Transnistria (Trans-Dniester in English) is a de facto state in Eastern Europe that has declared independence from Moldova, although it is only recognized by Russia and other breakaway states such as Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Transnistria is a part of Moldova that declared its independence in 1990, resulting in a civil war that lasted until 1992. Transnistria has not been recognized by any United Nations members but maintains its functional autonomy with government, parliament, military, police, postal system, currency, vehicle registration and border crossing. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem and coat-of-arms. It is the only country still using the hammer and sickle on its flag and monument of Lenin is still popular.

This photo was shot in Tiraspol capital of Transnistria.

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