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Posted by Hal Neumann (+8275) 2 months ago
“Historically, Cossacks are known as fierce fighters and respected for their bravery. Most Russians idealize their independent nature and resistance to Kremlin rule, unlike most other separatist or autonomous groups across the former Soviet Union. Cossack valor is often depicted in Russian literature, in works such as Leo Tolstoy's The Cossacks and Mikhail Sholokhov's And Quiet Flows the Don. However, throughout history, the Cossacks' loyalty to centralized power in Russia has never been a sure thing. Thus, the Kremlin repeatedly struggles over whether to embrace the Cossacks as an entity, or attempt to assimilate them into the Russian population.”

“Russia Again Cautiously Embraces the Cossacks”
STRATFOR WORLDVIEW
September 20, 2015
https://worldview.stratfo...s-cossacks
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