Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Cossacks to fight crime on Moscow streets  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 13/11/2012

No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


 


(MENAFN - AFP) Russia is to send out Cossacks in traditional tsarist uniforms to patrol Moscow streets and crack down on petty crime, a city official said Tuesday.

"We have agreed with the Moscow Cossacks that they will patrol to help ensure order near the Kremlin," said deputy head of Moscow's central Tverskoy district Andrei Kuleshov.

But the traditionally warlike group will not be allowed to ride horses or carry swords. And since they are not policemen, they will not be allowed to make arrests.

"We will need them mostly to stop illegal sales of souvenirs and flowers and illegal parking near the Kremlin," Kuleshov told AFP.

Famed for their horsemanship, Russian Cossacks were a major military force before the Russian Revolution of 1917, predominantly in the south where they were charged with patrolling the troubled border region.

Under the tsars, the Cossacks were recognised as a separate social group and when the Bolsheviks came to power, they targeted the Cossacks in one of the earliest waves of repressions, wiping them out as a class.

However the remaining Cossacks are currently making a comeback, reviving their culture and promoting traditional values including Russian Orthodox Christianity.

Cossacks have also harassed participants in gay parades and contemporary art exhibitions and recently protested against feminist punk band Pussy Riot after they performed in Russia's main cathedral.

A Cossack representative confirmed to AFP that patrols will begin "any day now" and will see groups of three men in blue tsarist uniforms, on foot and without their traditional swords and riding whips.

"Cossacks don't even need their swords or whips. Their mere posture will be enough," said Gennady Afonin, the chief state major of the central Cossack troops.

Similar patrols have already been introduced in the southern city of Krasnodar, where Cossacks have accompanied police officers.


 






  MENA News Headlines


 
Click to Apply






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country
Marketwatch News
UPI News
Comtex News

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help