Anastasia Taylor-Lind (UK): Women of the Cossack Resurgence
Documenting the Cossack resurrection in Caucasus Russia and Crimean Ukraine
Throughout the steppes and valleys of autonomous Crimea and Caucasus Southern Russia the Cossack people are relearning their warrior traditions and cultural heritage, which were aggressively suppressed by the communists during their 74 years in power. The Cossack revival began in 1991 with the collapse of the USSR, as small groups of men and women began to resurrect their historic role as defenders of Russia’s Southern borders and the Orthodox Church. Today the movement has gained considerable numbers, particularly in Russia with backing from the government, as more and more Cossacks seek to reclaim their identity along with the respect it earned them in society.
An ethnic minority who have inhabited this part of the world since settling there in the 15th Century, the Cossacks were historically known as fearless warriors; lawless bands of men who fought … read more