A Visit To Moldova's Autonomous Gagauzia Region
As Ukraine's tensions with Russia come to a boil, residents of Moldova are keeping a watchful eye on their neighbor. In February, Moldova's autonomous region of Gagauzia -- home to a Russian-speaking, ethnically Turkic minority -- voted for closer ties with Russia, and voted against closer EU integration for Moldova. Gagauz voters also supported the region's right to declare independence should Moldova lose or surrender its own autonomy. The Moldovan government declared the referendum illegal. Here is a look at daily life inside the autonomous region of some 155,000 residents.