My own impressions of modern life of the Don Cossacks
All this is just my personal opinion, so I do not claim them to be the ultimate truth
The Don Cossacks were almost exterminated in Russia by the Soviets. These actions of the Soviet government were quite logical. The Cossacks were natural enemies of the Bolsheviks. While the Cossacks maintained their way of life based on military training, loyalty to...read more
Why Russian Cossacks don't wish to support the new Ukrainian government? @ Image courtesy of www.raremaps.ru Don Cossacks expressed the desire to take part in the armed struggle against the new Ukrainian government. A few days ago the Big Circle of the Don Cossacks...read more
In early March 2014 many mass medias of Russia came out with a title : “The Don Cossacks are ready for military expedition”. Since I consider myself a Cossack I was slightly upset by news that we are going somewhere to fight. It appeared that the Don Cossacks held a...read more
Confrontation between the Cossacks and Pussy Riot has a fairly long history though people in Russia seems to pay much less attention to all of the performances of Pussy Riot than in Europe and USA. If you don’t mind to spent some time searching the web you would...read more
Several years ago in the old Don Cossack town Urjupinsk was erected monument to Don Cossack craftswomen. In old times the life of the Don Cossacks was quite specific. You could say that the war was their way of life. Every man was a soldier. Cossacks were exempt...read more
The Goats monument may seem strange to a newcomer, but any city habitant knows the meaning of this monument. As a joke we can say that this is a monument to the goats who defeated the Soviet regime. In Soviet Union everyone was obliged to work. There were no private...read more
The Lost Cossack is my personal blog which focuses on history and modern life of the Don Cossacks. Russian Civil war of 1917 scattered the Don Cossacks worldwide. The main part of the Cossacks didn’t support the communists who had come to the power. Moreover, they became one of the foundation blocks of White army. It is enough to tell that the full Cossack division was created in my native town Uryupinsk which had the population of only 30 000. It means that the division was entered practically by all adult male part of the town. The Soviet power was established on the Don river only in the 1920th years. The fierce resistance caused severe repressions. Many of the Cossacks who didn’t manage to leave the native lands were shot or sent to Siberia. Their property was confiscated. My parents managed to return to native places only after 1970. Thus I was born far from the Don steppes. When we returned, it became clear that the main part of the population has nothing in common with the Cossacks. I remember how my grandfather grumbled that there are more Cossacks in France or Argentina than here. After perestroyka in Russia when Communists lost their power the theme of the Don Cossacks became popular in some parts of Russian society. There were atamans and the Cossack patrols as in old times. The traditions seemed to revive. A proposal to introduce the fundamentals of the Cossack education in schools was actively discussed in newspapers. It seemed that all forgot that the Cossack education was militarized and sharply nationalistic.
The person who wasn’t born the Cossack, couldn’t become the Cossack even if he lived there all his life. It was bitterly and ridiculously for my grandfather to observe how the people having nothing in common with the Cossacks, speak at meetings demanding to revive the Cossack privileges and the right to an autonomy for the Cossack lands. After a couple of visits to the meetings he delivered his verdict: They are just another crooks to gain power and money. They don’t care about the Don Cossacks. They are thinking only about money. After this he lost any interest in social life, presented his cossack lash to me and fiddled with his bees. He traded honey, took me on a fishing trips and refused to talk about the Cossacks. Then I had left my native places and went to study in Moscow. Next time I have arrived already at the funeral of my grandfather. For many years I didn’t think about my ancestors. Only at the age of fifty I more and more often began to recall my grandfather’s words. I’ll try to answer every questions that visitors may have via social media networks, and emails. I hope to turn it into a community based site where readers will be able to discuss history and modern problems of the Don Cossacks. If you do not find something on my site, use the contact form to suggest me.
Some photos of the Don Cossacks lands
Old street in Uryupinsk
Just a few steps from the main square of Uryupinsk