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Gagauz Yeri - Work in Progress

Série à complète disponible début septembre

The Gagauzs are Christians of Turkic origin living in the south of Moldova whose language mixes the Turkish of Anatolia and a bit of Bulgarian. At the fall of the USSR, the fear of the Gagauzs, as for the inhabitants of Transnistria, was a union between Moldova and Romania and the risk for those two non moldovan-speaking populations to be “lost” in a Romanian-speaking country. Even today, very few Gagauzs speak Moldavian, and use Russian or Gagauz.

Unlike Transnistria, they did not obtain their independence after their uprising. Their ephemeral and self-proclaimed Republic in 1991 had to drop flag after three years due to a lack of support and local resources. But since 1994, they officially have a very strong autonomous status in the Moldovan State. Today Gagauzia is officially an Autonomous Territorial Unity (split up in 3 parts) within the Moldovan Republic. In this respect, Gagauzia could be an example of successful reintegration for the unrecognized States that flourished throughout the former Soviet area.

However, little by little, the Gagauz autonomy is nibbled and reduced to a symbolic portion. A reality that the Gagauzs are not at all ready to accept ...

Traditionally Gagauzs are more pro-Russia and pro-Turkey, recently they confirmed by referendum that they would refuse any rapprochement with the EU and prefer to join the Eurasian Custom Office (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia). Another obstacle for Moldova on its way to European integration (after Transnistria).

 

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UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - In front of the House of Culture, a renovated statue of Lenine.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Besalma - Elena Ivanovna Voïko is 78 years old. She sings beautiful old gagauz songs “when i’m sad, and then i feel better”.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - In Konstantin Kelesh stud farm, a man takes care of one of the horses after its training
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - In the House of Culture, youngsters are trying on traditional Gagauz clothes made my Lidia Todieva, the costume designer of Ceadir-Lunga theater.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - A young boy waits for the beginning of the boxing lesson.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - In the main church of the town. Gagauzs are a unique case of Turkic christian people.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - In the main church of the town. Gagauzs are a unique case of Turkic christian people.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Avdarma - Wrestling lesson in the village school/hight school.
UTA (“Unitate teritoriala autonoma”, Autonomous Territorial Unity) of Gagauzia, Moldova - Ceadir-Lunga - In the main bus station where buses leave to Moldova, Russia, Transnistria, etc
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