Cossack Genocide

Stanitsa Nikolskaya Held Its Administrative Krug

On January 10th, 2015 Stanitsa Nikolskaya held its Administrative Krug in the Church hall of Saint Nicholas Church following the conclusion of Divine Liturgy. The Cossacks reviewed the current accomplishments of Dimitri Bagaydin, the elected Ataman of the Stanitsa in Summer of 2015, and have agreed to extend his term officially for next four years. The Krug established that Ataman will plan a multitude of events for this year, based on a variety of activities, allowing all of the Cossacks of the Stanitsa to participate.

Cossack Traditions of Celebrating Christmas

Cossacks never celebrated New Year or considered this day to be a holiday of great importance. It should be worth mentioning that each Cossack host had it’s own tradition for this time of the year. While little is known of the Zaparozhzhya Cossacks, historians have discovered that the Zaporizhzhya Cossacks did not place a Christmas tree in their living rooms, or wait for a breaded man in a jolly red suit to come down the chimney. Instead, the Zaporizhzhya Cossacks held elections.

Merry Christmas

The Cossack Congress in America would like to congratulate all Cossacks who celebrate the Nativity of Christ our Lord by the Julian calender and wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Happy New Year!

The Cossack Congress in America congratulates everyone with a happy new year! We wish everyone happiness, health, and success in 2016.

Educational Committee Meeting

On December 26th, 2015 the Educational Committee of the Cossack Congress in America met to discuss a strategy for the upcoming year of 2016. The Committee will continue to actively interact with the website publishers, as well as continue with the preparation of the presentation on Cossack History. The most exciting news of the meeting came when the Committee vote on the establishment of an online database containing Cossack Literature, Cossack Dictionary, and other related material. The database will become operational in mid-January 2016.

Vasiliy Nistratov Reposed In The Lord

Cossack Vasiliy Nistratov Reposed in the Lord on December 22nd, 2015 in the hospital after suffering from respiratory failure. His funeral and burial was held at Holy Trinity Monastery, where he spent the last 20 years of his living life in the United States. Vasiliy was widely known among the Cossack Communities in New Jersey and for his active role. He originally immigrated to the United States during the Soviet Era. Vasiliy also spent many years working and helping out on the grounds of Holy Trinity Monastery.

Happy Birthday To Dimitri Bagaydin

On December 24th, 2015 Ataman of Stanitsa Nikolskaya Dimitri Bagaydin celebrates his Birthday. Dimitri was elected Ataman of Stanitsa Nikolskaya in June earlier this year, and since then has proven to a successful, gaining support from all of the Cossacks in the Stanitsa. We would like to wish him great success in his personal future, and for his Stanitsa. Many Years to Dimitri!

(Photo of Ataman Dimitri with his young son and a Cossack of the Stanitsa, earlier this year.)

Cultural Adaptation of Cossacks Among the Circassian People.

For a long period of time, the Cossacks absorbed new features into their culture side by side with the Caucasus Peoples. In particular, mutual influence is evident in the field of women’s interests, as well as in their lives.

What America's Immigrants Looked Like When They Arrived On Ellis Island

The Washington Post featured an article on America being the "Nation of Immigrants", and a "Cultural Melting Pot". Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer who worked as the chief registry clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925. Sherman snapped these photographs of people passing through customs in their native dress. He managed to take photographs of these Cossacks entering the United States.