Back in tsarist Russia Cossacks helped the rulers to protect their borders and conquer new territories. Today it seems they’re stepping back into their old boots.
Cossacks are best-known for their folk dancing and music. They sing in choirs and wear furry hats. President Vladimir Putin has made statements saying he values their loyalty and discipline highly. In October, he signed a strategy paper for the development of the Cossack life and culture in Russia. Cossack patrols could return on an official basis as early as next year.