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Stories from diaspora// Dorina Calistru: “Just keep going and don’t give up, no matter what.”



“You should never forget your roots and be proud of where you are coming from.

Be kind to people.

Keep things simple and positive – don’t overthink.

Dare to lead.

Use your creativity and forget about fear – it can stop you from being brave.”

This isn’t a quotation from a motivational text. These are the thoughts and values of a real person who is guided by them. This is a real-life wisdom gained gradually, in time, after a long process of trial and error. This story is about Dorina Calistru – one more member of the Moldovan diaspora who tried her luck abroad. No, she actually didn’t try her luck, she made her own luck through determination and a lot of work.

About being an immigrant in London

First, it’s never easy to emigrate from your own country, establish abroad, get adapted and build a new life there. It is an axiom with almost no exceptions applied to the Dorina’s case as well.

When she first moved to London, her life became very intense. “My first job was a lot of long working hours. Coming from a comfort where you are travelling everywhere by car to a long commute on a daily basis was quite unusual for me. Before I moved, everyone was asking how I would adapt to the change of climate. Honestly, it was the last thing I could think about but one time it hit me so badly… I lost my voice and for 4 days and couldn’t speak at all, being forced to take recovery pills for orators. Before, I didn’t even know they existed.”

London still seems a huge and very busy city to her. “I couldn’t get used to the fact that you have to plan way in advance to go somewhere. Sometimes, it can take you 1 hour and a half to arrive to a certain destination,” she explains.

However, there were things about London that made her fall in love with this city. “It is very diverse. I like that this city never sleeps. Everything is alive here even if it’s rainy and cloudy. It’s easy to travel from London to Europe and the US. The most important thing: I am only 3 hours flight away from Moldova. At this moment, I have everything that makes me happy here, except the sun (laughing) – I would prefer a little bit more sun.”

Before moving to Great Britain, Dorina did her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Romania, worked there, and had a student exchange experience in Poland. “One of my biggest passions is to discover new cultures and meet people from all over the globe. I consider that nationality, race and gender should never influence our capabilities of making new friends,” she states.

About her dream job

“I was dreaming as a teenager about a job where I can use all my skills and, at the same time, see the world. So, here it is! It didn’t take so long!”

Her dream job didn’t just come to hand though. Dorina had a few assignments during her studies – internships and volunteering experience. Afterwards, she worked for two years as a resource associate at a consulting company in London. “Most probably all those experiences where guiding me to my actual position and I do understand that everything happens for a reason. We can definitely call them ‘finding my path’.”

Nowadays, Dorina is a territory manager at Cisco Meraki – the Cloud Networking Department of Cisco company. “My role includes working closely with partners across Central Europe and driving strategy for the region, as well as growing new business opportunities. We are focused on channel sales for Cisco Cloud based products and help our clients to discover how cloud management offers greater reliability, easier management, and a lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).”

According to Dorina, a successful territory manager should know how to leverage and engage with internal resources like technical engineering, support and the company’s teams from different countries. “Basically, it’s a business development management inside out,” as she says.

Dorina mentions that the most valuable asset of the company she is working in is its culture. “In our office I feel like home. Here, new ideas are always embraced and supported by higher managers. If it works, it’s great, and if not, we are taking it as a lesson not as a failure.” The culture which is based on diversity tolerance and continuous empowerment is what, as Dorina states, inspires to become a better version of oneself. “I really wanted to become certified and to improve my technical skills. When I brought this into my manager’s attention, after 2 weeks I was enrolled in a strong technical training and passed a network operator exam. Later on, this converted into a lot of success during my daily activity and helped me to organise notable events,” discloses Dorina.

Among other exciting things mentioned by our protagonist were the outstanding conferences, the visited countries and cities during the business trips, and the fascinating colleagues from all around the globe whom she met. Every year Cisco Team goes to Las Vegas for almost one-week conference opening on MGM stage like in movies. We listen to the greatest speakers. Last year, we had the legendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal.”

About her life outside work

Dorina loves to travel. “I am away most of the time – by car, by plane, by train it doesn’t matter.” She is also involved in creative activities such as painting, decorating or crafting. Dorina does a lot of experiments while cooking. “Even though most of people don’t believe me, especially those who know me dressed in smart outfits, but I do love to cook.” Sports like gym, tennis, squash represent for her the best way to release stress and tiredness.

“Even in business trips you can find in my luggage a pair of trainers and some gym clothes. It’s not easy, but otherwise you can’t be fit without true discipline.”

Still, the greatest pleasure for her is to come back to Moldova during holidays. “My parents still live in the same house where I grew up and when I arrive home it’s like going back to my childhood.” Currently, she is home for Easter. “Being reunited all together is priceless. It’s definitely a form of therapy.”

Agritourism, wine tasting, going to cultural events, singing and dancing “hora” – one of the traditional dances in Moldova – are the usual things Dorina does together with her family back home. “Food, wine, nature in Moldova can’t be compared with other countries. This is my home and I love it with all my heart. I do want to come back as much as I can,” she states.

About setting an example

Dorina already walked the path that some women, including those from the Republic of Moldova, are only dreaming of. She managed to build a successful career, lives in a city of all possibilities and enjoys an active social life. We asked her to make some recommendations for her followers and successors and here is her message:

“Never stop growing and be proud of you no matter what – these are the words I grew up with and for that I want to thank my inspiration, a wonderful woman in my life – my mom. People who are proud of themselves tend to have passions in life, feel content and set good examples for others. Being proud of yourself requires envisioning the person you would like to become and making your best efforts to grow as an individual. Don’t think that if you are a woman you can’t do it. You can do it in a fantastic way. Problems arise when women are trying to run away from opportunities with big responsibilities, because that is the ultimate masculine-coded authority position and we subconsciously take steps back. We shouldn’t. Keep working for your dreams and do it confidently.”

Dorina also recommended a book that was, in turn, recommended to her by Kirsty Hair, one of the Cisco Meraki leaders, and that could open some secrets for success – “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.

When asked if she would change anything, Dorina said a confident ‘no’. “Everything that happened in my life was definitely given for a good reason.”

Photos: Facebook/ Dorina Calistru


Generation C – a documentary by about shepherding in Moldova and Georgia // VIDEO



At the end of January, presented the premiere of the documentary Generation C, a film about an occupation that was passed on from father to son – shepherding.

The documentary tells the story of Vaso and Anatolie – two men, one from the Georgian mountains and another from the south of Moldova – and displays the activity of their lives, that of their fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents. But will it be inherited by their sons as well?

Anatolie Ciobanu (his name is translated as shepherd) lives in Alexandru Ioan Cuza village, Cahul district. He has several hundred sheep and says he may run out of them one day.

Vaso Gulelauri lives in Lalisquri Village, Telavi, Georgia with his family. When he is not taking care of sheep and is not at home, he spends his time in the mountains. He has never been to the sea, because he loves the mountains too much.

In the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the Republic of Moldova has almost halved. The same thing happened in Georgia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia had about two million sheep. Now, the figure reaches one million only.

The documentary can be watched below:

„Generation C” documentary (english subtitles)

Prieteni, astăzi publicăm documentarul „Generația C” subtitrat în limba engleză! Deci vă invităm să-l distribuiți și să-l arătați prietenilor voștri care nu vorbesc româna sau georgiana și rusa. ^_^Într-o eră a Internetului, vitezei și industrializării, doi ciobani, unul moldovean, altul georgian, ne-au împărtășit istoriile lor și ne-au vorbit despre tradiția transmisă lor de bunicii și tații lor.Pe lângă imaginile pitorești, bucuria celor doi este că încă mai pot împărtăși această cutumă cu fii lor. Dar oare vor fi cei doi oieri și ultima generație de ciobani din familiile lor? Găsiți răspunsul în documentarul nostru, „Generația C”.

Geplaatst door op Maandag 18 mei 2020

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photos:| Tatiana Beghiu

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The Moldovan Orthodox Church spread dangerous fakes about COVID-19 vaccination, nano-chipping and 5G



Religion is an essential part of almost every Moldovan citizen’s life. The majority of Moldova’s people describe themselves as being religious – almost 93% of the population. 90% of the total population declared they follow Orthodoxy, governed by the Eastern Orthodox Church, according to the national census conducted in 2014.

Therefore, the Moldovan Orthodox Church (MOC) is the one that introduces and approves the most important religious and everyday life practices for 90% of Moldova’s population, but it is also responsible for a lot of stereotypes, stigmas, myths, beliefs and disbelief spread in the Moldovan society.

This week, two messages of the Moldovan Orthodox Church were addressed to the state authorities. One of them referred to the restrictions imposed on the activity of the churches from Moldova during the Public Health Emergency period. Another urged the government to refrain from compulsory vaccination of the population, when a vaccine against COVID-19 would be made available. What is even worse, the second message included false information about nano-chipping and 5G technology.

First, the MOC representatives didn’t agree with the latest provisions issued by the National Extraordinary Public Health Commission, which established that religious ceremonies will continue to be held in churchyards, keeping social distance, until June 30. “We have been looking forward to lifting more restrictions, and that postponement is outrageous, disgusting and even embarrassing,” is mentioned in the letter of the religious institution.

Earlier, on March 13, the Moldovan authorities announced that all religious ceremonies have to be ceased for a period of 14 days. However, the Moldovan Orthodox Church encouraged the local churches’ representatives from all over the country to continue their activity, defying any rules imposed.

See also: How does coronavirus spread? Churches can easily become a contagion epicentre

“If you like to call yourselves Christians, why didn’t you follow the example of Georgia or Bulgaria, which did not interrupt the religious ceremonies and have a lower mortality rate? When removing the restrictions, why didn’t you follow the example of Spain and other states that were much more affected and, still, allowed 30% entering in churches since last Sunday?”

The letter claimed that a denigration campaign was launched against the Church, by using such expressions as “outbreaks of infection”, “insanitary spaces”, “medieval practices” in the officials’ messages addressed to the population. Also, a request to participate in the decision-making process was made. “We welcome the initiative to invite (to negotiations) the representatives of the Moldovan Orthodox Church and to reformulate the decision in accordance with the norms of Christian morality. Otherwise, we assume the canonical and moral right to exclude you from the remembrance and prayer of the Church,” threatened the members of the Church Synod.

At the same time, the clergy said that the decisions regarding changing or adapting religious practices should be taken only by the Church, not by the state.

The Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova during the state of emergency.

In the second letter, addressed to the Moldovan officials, MOC called on voluntary vaccination of the population against the novel coronavirus. They also demanded the assurance of all fundamental rights of people who would refuse vaccines, but also to implant any chip in their body.

“Public opinion in many European countries is protesting against the mandatory vaccines, especially the vaccine against COVID-19, because it is considered a way of the global Antichrist system to introduce microchips into people’s bodies, with which to control them through 5G technology.”

The hallucinating declarations continued with blaming Bill Gates of creating “the micro-chipping technology through a vaccine that introduces nano-particles (or microchips?) into the body, which react to waves transmitted by 5G technology and allow the system to control humans remotely,” according to the MOC official message.

The evasive accusations are very similar to the discrediting campaigns that, according to the portal, are supported by several media institutions and blogs around the world, usually affiliated with various religious organisations, but also by sites with pro-Kremlin editorial policy.

“It is believed that 5G technology in combination with certain vaccines administered in China and Italy represented the basis for the appearance of this virus that turned the entire planet upside down,” speculated the MOC leaders, citing the declaration of an Italian MP, Sara Cunial, who called Bill Gates a murderer and asked to hand him over to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Additionally, two more very dubious article published in a media outlet from Romania were used as references.

The MOC messages addressed to Moldovan authorities can be downloaded here.

The national Ombudsman expressed his concern regarding the MOC declarations. “The public launch of messages referring to dangers in the area of conspiracy scenarios is a reckless act that can generate panic and adverse consequences for social order, as well as insecurity and distrust in the country’s medical services, thus thwarting the efforts of the authorities to combat the epidemic,” is mentioned in a press release issued on the official page of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman called on the leadership of the MOC to withdraw its request to the authorities and to refrain from other messages that could have a detrimental effect on public health, social order and human rights.

Similar positions had the Moldovan officials to whom the MOC messages were addressed, state institutions’ representatives, MPs, members of the Moldovan Academy of Sciences, and even church servants.

“These lies are not just meaningless fantasies, they are extremely dangerous because they fuel people’s scepticism about the efforts of doctors and researchers to get rid of this calamity called COVID-19. And this, dear Church leaders, endangers human lives!” commented the MP Radu Marian.

The Moldovan Orthodox Church consciously spread dangerous myths, while it is considered a credible source of information for a lot of religious people from Moldova. That could have serious consequences, as religious fanatics refusing to be vaccinated, a manipulated public opinion and a population opposing technology development. People should use their critical thinking in discerning information, even when they fully trust the Church, contrary to the frequent habit of believing without questioning.

Photos: Facebook| The Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova

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A not working peacekeeping mechanism? When the Moldovan side requests, the Transnistrian one refuses



During the state of emergency in the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau authorities requested, for several times, the assistance of the OSCE Mission in monitoring the Security Zone and fixing the appeared violations, as well as their further investigation, according to a press release of the Bureau for Reintegration Policies from Moldova.

On May 20, a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lesnic, and Head of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova, Claus Neukirch, took place. There, security incidents were discussed.

Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration officially requested the presentation of an incidents’ list that were found by the OSCE, related to the illegal installation of border checkpoints by the Transnistrian side between March 16 and May 19. The incidents’ evaluation wasn’t possible to be made before, due to the fact that the departure of military observers has been prevented during the state of emergency.

“Chisinau insists on lifting the illegally installed border checkpoints, which restrict free movement and violate the commitments made in the Unified Control Commission, as well as those related to ensuring peace and the rule of law in the region. The peacekeeping mechanism must be operational,” is also mentioned in the press release.


The illegal border checkpoints and barriers around the border localities,  as well as blocking the attempts of military observers from the Joint Peacekeeping Forces to regularly record the violations, were addressed in a meeting of Unified Control Commission on May 14. The meeting took place in Bender and was chaired by the head of the Delegation of the Republic of Moldova.

“It was pointed out that the abusive actions of the Transnistrian side affected the citizens’ rights to free movement, medical care, property and, as a consequence, generated tension in the Security Zone,” the officials noted. However, no consensus was reached at that meeting between the Moldovan and Transnistrian sides.

After declaring a state of emergency on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, the Unified Control Commission temporarily ceased its meetings in the city of Bender, trying to convene the meetings remotely. During the same period, under the pretext of managing the state of emergency, the Transnistrian authorities installed several ‘checkpoints’ in the perimeter of the Security Zone (a buffer area between Moldova and Transnistria).

When Moldovan authorities tried to discuss the existing security issues by initiating video-conference meetings, held in the presence of representatives of Ukraine and the OSCE Mission, the Transnistrian side refused to participate.

Besides, Transnistrian officials refused to attend the meeting on the public healthcare subjects, requested in video conference format at the headquarters of the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova. The last such refusal was expressed on May 19, when a working group was supposed to discuss a number of topics related to the management of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian region, as the Bureau for Reintegration Policies reported.

Previously, the Moldovan Government called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to send a mission to the Transnistrian region, where respecting basic human rights, including the population’s access to medical services can’t be guaranteed by the authorities from Chisinau. The request was made after the OSCE informed that a 5 + 2 meeting to resolve the Transnistrian conflict, requested by Chisinau, wouldn’t be convened.

See also: Moldova’s authorities asked for sending a WHO mission in Transnistria after the OSCE informed that a 5+2 meeting won’t take place

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