The Amur Cossack Army will be recreated in Russia’s Far East, RIA Novosti reports. The force will unite all the separate Cossack organizations in the region.
Konstantin Pulikovsky, the presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District says that Cossaks can become a force that can effectively fight terrorists and criminals.
Presidential adviser Gennady Troshev suggests creating a Youth Corps in the town of Khabarovsk to train future Cossacks from childhood.
15,000 Cossacks, who are members of more than 200 divisions, currently live in the Far East Federal District. The efforts of the federal authorities are aimed at preventing disunity, as a number of Cossack organizations work separately.
The Amur Cossack Army was created in 1858 and abolished 60 years later after the revolution.
At the beginning of 20th century there were 11 Cossack armies in Russia, that consisted of 474,000 soldiers. Initially these divisions were formed from people who lived near the state borders, but later millions of peasants joined them.