Krasnodar, 25 April – Yug Times. Last Saturday, Krasnodar celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Law “On rehabilitation of the Repressed Peoples” that was adopted in 1991 and marked the beginning of the rebirth of the Cossack movement in Russia. The festivity began with a divine service held in St. Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral by Metropolitan Isidore of Yekaterinodar and Kuban. After the prayer, the Cossack regiments lined up by the monument to Empress Catherine II and marched along Krasnaya Street to Teatralnaya Square.
It was the most numerous procession of all. Traditionally, the Cossacks were greeted from the podium by Governor Veniamin Kondratiev, regional prosecutor Sergei Tabelsky, head of the regional FSB branch Igor Kolosov, first deputy head of the regional Investigation Committee Andrei Maslov, and other distinguished guests. In his welcoming speech, Mr. Kondratiev stated that Cossacks have become an important part of the contemporary life.
“The day of rehabilitation of the repressed peoples is a reference point for dozens of thousands of families,” said he. Addressing the Cossacks, Ataman Nikolai Doluda stressed that the Host’s economic constituent has recently risen a lot. He said that the Kuban Cossack Host’s achievements were not remained unnoticed at the federal level: in February, it was decided to organize the All-Russia Registered Cossack Host to unite all 11 Cossack Hosts currently functioning in Russia. The solemn speeches were followed by a parade. The Host’s Guard of Honour brought out the old Cossack regalia. Then Cossack detachments and regular army units where Cossack serve marched along the square.
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