December 4, 2012

A Cossack Mafia in the Making

Alexander Golts, Moscow Times

AP Photo

Muscovites have been treated to a new sight in recent weeks: Cossacks have been patrolling many streets in the center, trying to rid the city of criminals. They consider themselves to be descendents of the original Cossacks, the military class of imperial Russia. Dozens of men wearing striped trousers and peaked caps walk around the city center harassing citizens and interpreting the law in their own way. The problem is that the law does not give Cossacks the right to act as de facto police officers.

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