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    Svetlana smokes a cigarette in Tiraspol, Transnistria.
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    Soviet-era residential apartment buildings seen in Chisinau, Moldova.
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    A prisoner with H.I.V. sits on his bed in the medical ward of the Tiraspol Prison Colony in Transnistria.
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    Children clean up after lunch in the cafeteria of the Gymnasia-Internat Number 2 boarding school and orphanage in Chisinau, Moldova. The school has over 500 children living on the campus. Around 80% are social orphans - children whose parents are still alive, but were turned over to institutional care by the parents.
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    A worker inside a walnut packing factory pauses in Chisinau.
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    A hair stylist lifts a curtain revealing stored wigs inside a dressing room in the Tiraspol Theater in Tiraspol, Transnistria.
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    The kitchen table in a farmhouse is set for dinner in the village of Chobruchi, Transnistria.
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    Andrei lifts weights inside a gym in Tiraspol, Transnistria.
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    Two officers wearing the uniform of the Ministry of State Security, the Transnistrian K.G.B., stand in the middle of a crowd of military officers taking part in a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Tiraspol from Nazi occupation by the Soviet Army in Tiraspol, Transnistria.
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    Papers fall out of the windows of the parliament building while rioters ransack the inside in Chisinau, Moldova. Opposition leaders accused the communists of rigging elections here and demanded a recount. Anti-communist protesters stormed the presidential building, demanding that President Vladimir Voronin announce his resignation and leave Moldova. More than 30 people were injured in the protests.
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    A cleanup worker walks past a damaged portrait of Vladimir Lenin inside the parliament building in Chisinau after anti-communist protesters ransacked the building.
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    A girl holds flowers on the steps of the damaged presidential building in Chisinau.
The Party Isn’t Over: Moldova

Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. It also has the distinction of being the only former Soviet country to have voted the Communist Party back in to power through democratic elections. Apparatchiks and ex-KGB agents from Soviet times manage to cling to key economic and political positions. Communists won the vote again in Spring 2009, but accusations of fraud unleashed violent demonstrations and a constitutional crisis. The electorate is almost evenly divided between those who support pro-European political parties and those who support the communists. With their future uncertain, the people of Moldova remain outsiders caught between East and West.

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