The installed cross, where two years ago, a Russian peacekeeper shot the young man Vadim Pisari foretells that we enter on the territory where the checkpoints increase and that we get close to the "customs" of Transdniester.
This is in the case you want to go in Moldovan villages Cocieri and Molovata Noua, which, although are under Chisinau's jurisdiction, they are isolated between Transdniester and the river Dniester, and also are subject to regular pressure from separatists.
Also, the postwoman shows that the village has shops and beautiful town hall, nursery, a renovated home culture, library, but people have not income and are leaving. "Even if you want to sell something, you have to go to Dubasari, but they (a.n. – transnistrians) ask additional fees or fine you", says Aurica.
"Before there were tourists, but now they aren`t. Because of these conflicts, nobody comes, and the checkpoints are still there. The Russians are afraid to not unite with Romania. It would be good if we will unite with Romanians, because we would be in Europe. And my wooden spoons will sell well", says Anatol.
The man, left alone, without family, says that the last winter he lived on the money earned from the sale of pigs and now ran out of money. Therefore, his only hope is to sell these wooden spoons. "A small spoon is 50 lei (3 euros) and the largest - 200 lei (10 euros). There are not made as in Russia, which are heavy and ugly, but they are easy, made from wood of fruit tree", is trying to convince us Anatol.
However, most of the people are outraged by the fact that although Moldovan politicians have promised wages and pensions in euros, they remained equally low as years before. "People will burst. It will repeat the scenario from Ukraine. And by the autumn, all the villages from the left bank will take control of Transdniester", says convinced a villager.
Moreover, women say that while some of the villagers take pension of 500-600 lei (25-30 euros) from the Moldovan state, the other side had much higher pension from the Transdniester administration, thing confirmed by a woman who, while she is working at home culture of the village, has a pension from the Transdniester administration. "Before the war from `92, I worked in Dubasari and now I receive a pension of 1700 rubles or 2000 lei (100 euros). If Moldova would give that money, people wouldn`t want with Transdniester. I am a Moldovan and I want with my country, for example", says Maria, a local woman from Cocieri.
However, although women can argue for hours because of politics, Transdniester and of the European Union, about one thing fall to the understanding, and namely, that they don’t want war anymore. "We want peace, not war, we don’t want to taste anymore the cup of war. I have grandchildren, children and I want peace for them. But it seems that things are seething now...", says thoughtful Liuba.
Sergiu G., a former teacher, and a small entrepreneur in Cocieri is certainly convinced, however, that Russia will come across Moldova. And although people fought for Moldova, they feel shortchanged by their own state. "Because I am a democrat and I can not sell me, people from here call me Romanian. But I don`t care. The more I'm afraid that the Russians would not just stop at the Crimea...", said the man in conclusion.
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