Published on 29th November 2016 by

In this fifth series Jelle Brandt Corstius explores the border countries between Russia and Europe, from Latvia to Moldavia, West and East Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. What is the picture that the Russians and their neighbours have of each other, how are the relationships between powerful Russia and the other former Soviet republics? And how do the surrounding countries treat their Russian inhabitants? A series about propaganda and identity.

Episode 1: Misty Land

Moldavia is the poorest country in Europe. No wonder that all the young people flee the country looking for work. The Moldavians who stay behind have to make do with the money sent to them from abroad. Here, too, pressure from Russia is great, and so is dependence. Most of the country’s gas comes from Russia. Jelle visits the area of Transnistria, which in the nineteen nineties, after a bloody war, liberated itself from Moldavia and now wants to join Russia.

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Director: Alexander Oey and Jelle Brandt Corstius
English, French and Spanish subtitles by Ericsson and co-funded by the European Union.


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