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Entry Title: "The Transnistrian Patriot"
Name:
Justin Barton
, United Kingdom
Category and Expertise: Editorial-Political, People-Portrait, Professional


Entry Description: The true nature of national identity and our elemental need to bond with patriotism is questioned in the face of portraits of nationalists of a country that doesn’t exist, but whose symbols have exerted a potent enough influence to maintain a frozen conflict for 25 years.

During the split of the USSR this sliver of land at the edge of Moldova did not willingly secede but claimed independence as a Soviet Republic. Invisible on any maps outside of its borders, it remains unrecognized by any UN state. But in 1992 a bloody war was fought between Moldovans and Transnistrian separatists and now it remains caught between its Soviet history, current isolation and a dream of annexation by Russia.

1. Nina Shtanski - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic
2. Nikolay Smolenskiy – Police Lieutenant Colonel Expert in Transnistrian Criminal Law
3. Igor Nebeygolova – KGB Colonel and Commander of the Cossack Regiment in Tiraspol
4. Nadezhda Bondarenko - Editor of Transnistrian Newspaper 'Pravda'
5. Andrey Smolenskiy – The only tour operator in Transnistria
6. Natalia Yefremova - Seller of Transnistrian patriotic items in Tiraspol
7. Tatyana Syarova - Editor in chief Transnistrian TV Channel 1
8. Irina Smirnova – Director of The Museum of The Transnistrian National Tragedy at Bendery