The decision maker turned out to be a gray-haired Cossack ataman, or commander, in a traditional sheepskin hat.
Along with Oplot, Cossack groups have been preparing to act in Eastern Ukraine.
Yet this was not enough for the Tsars, who saw a risk of the Cossack worldview catching on.
But in the current crisis, appropriately enough, the nature of a Cossack remains hard to pin down.
“The doctor suggested that my red lines came not from Cossack whips but from the rubber belt of my underwear,” Tolokonnikova said.
The Cossack stood still, glaring at her, his face growing white and contracted with anger.
Kazak fabrics are usually the sleeping-blankets of the Kazak (Cossack) rough-riders.
The mail bag was lying by a tree a few steps from the Cossack, and near the bank of a brook.
"Get him to his place and give him some water," said Rostov, pointing to the Cossack.
Will she expose her eastern frontier to the raids of Cossack hordes?
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.