Krasnodar, 6 December – Yug Times. Last week, Moscow was playing host to the Great Cossack Assembly. It was an ambitious and representative event, attended by 570 delegates from 11 registered Russian Cossack Hosts, Crimea and Sevastopol, the Young Cossack League and the Russian Orthodox Church, and top federal officials. The Assembly held at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a symbolic place for the entire Orthodox world, decided to organise the All-Russia Cossack Host. It is noteworthy that the Assembly was chaired by Nikolai Doluda, Chairman of the Council of Atamans of Russian Registered Cossack Hosts, Ataman of the Kuban Cossack Host. In his interview given to The Yug Times, Cossack General Doluda recounted the key moments of the Assembly:
“On 27 November, a really historic decision was taken. All delegates unanimously voted for the foundation of the All-Russia Cossack Host. It is planned that it will begin to work on April 1, 2019. Moscow will be the seat of the new Host’s management body.
“One of the key tasks of the new organisation is to raise all regional Cossack hosts to the level of development of the Kuban Cossack Host. Another important task is to enlarge the numerical strength of the Cossack hosts. For instance, presently the Kuban Host has about 54,000 Cossacks; the Don Host - about 40,000; the Terek Host - 23,000. At the same time, the Yenisei or Ussuri Hosts have only 3,000 to 5,000 members - our district detachments are more numerous than those entire hosts.
“This is, of course, not good, for there are more than a million Cossacks in Russia. I am sure that the united host will let us use this quantitative potential much better than it is being used now.
“I am fully confident that the All-Russia Cossack Host will be able to fulfil the ambitious tasks it will be facing. There are many factors that may guarantee it. The first factor is that the Cossacks are now enjoying the fullest possible support of the state. The second factor is the presence of mighty and efficient Cossack hosts that may serve an example of how a genuine Cossack movement should look like. All other Cossacks will be following our leaders and taking over their best practices. Finally, there is the human factor: competent atamans have joined together people who understand what the contemporary Russia needs and know how to give it to their country.”
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