Along with Oplot, Cossack groups have been preparing to act in Eastern Ukraine.
The decision maker turned out to be a gray-haired Cossack ataman, or commander, in a traditional sheepskin hat.
“The doctor suggested that my red lines came not from Cossack whips but from the rubber belt of my underwear,” Tolokonnikova said.
1590s, from Russian kozak, from Turkish kazak "adventurer, guerilla, nomad," from qaz "to wander." The same Turkic root is the source of the people-name Kazakh and the nation of Kazakhstan.