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Cossack Identity in the New Russia: Kuban Cossack Revival and Local Politics

Hege Toje
Europe-Asia Studies
Vol. 58, No. 7 (Nov., 2006), pp. 1057-1077
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20451288
Page Count: 21
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Cossack Identity in the New Russia: Kuban Cossack Revival and Local Politics
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Abstract

This article deals with the problem of contemporary Cossack identities, and discusses the question of popular support for the Kuban Cossack organisation in the southern Russian region, Krasnodar krai. In the early 1990s the Cossack movement gathered between 3.5 and 5 million people, and constituted a significant political movement in post-Soviet Russia. Today, the movement's political force has weakened. In this article it is argued that one important reason for this is the tension between the urban based, official Cossack politics, and the constructions of Cossack identity in rural Cossack settlements (stanitsas). It is further argued that this tension is produced by the Cossacks' historically changing relation towards the state.

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