Stenka Razin


Cossacks proud to take stage at Sochi Olympic Games

Sunday, February 16, 2014

For centuries the Cossacks were the freemen of the Russian steppe - conquerors of Siberia, defenders of the empire's frontiers and guardians of a warrior culture that to this day is celebrated in legend and song. At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, 500 Cossacks have been deployed to work with police, mainly patrolling streets and stations on the lookout for troublemakers and drunks. It marks one more stage in a vigorous Cossack resurgence since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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