Not All of Cossacks are Orthodox; Some are Muslims and Others Buddhists by Paul Goble

Staunton, October 16 – There are few stereotypes more widely shared in Russia and the West than those about the Cossacks who are almost always viewed as being not only firm defenders of the Russian state but of Russian Orthodoxy as well. But such images are incomplete and thus inaccurate.

Stanitsa Nikolskaya trip to the shooting range

The Cossacks gathered at 11:00AM on Saturday, October 30th, 2015 for a trip to the shooting range. This was the Stanitsas last trip for 2015. Ataman of the Stanitsa Nikolskaya, Dimitri Bagaydin, thanks everyone who participated. The Cossacks spent the day shooting from both historic and modern, as well as Russian and American firearms. The Cossacks enjoyed the last trip and have already started making plans for Spring 2016.

Happy Birthday to Ruslan Dimitrov

October 31st marks the Birthday of Vice Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America for the territory of Canada, Ruslan Dimitrov. We wish him health, success, and many years!

Virtual Tour of the Cossack Memorial and Chapel in New Jersey, Rova Farms released a virtual tour of Saint Mary's Orthodox Church, including a virtual tour of the cemetery. The cemetery is the burial site of many white immigrants as well as many Cossack Americans who immigrated to the United States in the early 20th Century. Located in the middle of the cemetery is the Cossack Memorial cross, "Kazaki Kazakam" (From the Cossacks to the Cossacks), and Saint John the Baptist Chapel. To take a virtual tour now, click

The Cossack Women

It is odd that when we talk about the Cossacks, very little, or rather, almost nothing is said of the Cossack Mothers. The Cossack females have been the long image of the Cossack life, entrusted the primary responsibility for the well being of the Cossack family.

Often, Cossack history speaks of the courageous, and fearless Cossacks, however, it would be important to note that the Cosack Ethnicity would not be possible without the Cossack women.

Interview with Ataman Nikolay Erimychev

Educational Committee Meeting

On October 18th, 2015, the educational committee of the Cossack Congress in America held a meeting to discuss and review the internal structure of the committee as well as introduce and greet new members of the committee. The educational committee has also agreed to further expand the role of the committee, and will actively uptake certain measures to enhance the education of Cossacks in America. The goal is to show Cossack history, but as well as show the importance of the ethnic Cossack identity in the modern world.

Stanitsa Nikolskaya Gathering

On October 17th, 2015 the Ataman of the All Cossack Stanitsa Nikolskaya DImitri Bagaydin invited Cossacks of the Stanitsa and neighboring Cossack communities to participate in the Fall Gathering dedicated to the National Cossack Holiday The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Pokrov. Attending the gathering was the Vice Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America for the territory of the United States of America Alexey Bocharnikov.

Kuban Cossacks in Howell, New Jersey celebrated Pokrova

The center of the Kuban Cossack Voisko Abroad,in Howell, New Jersey celebrated the National Cossack Holiday of The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary on October 18th, 2015. The Cossacks of the Stanitsa, as well as Cossacks from neighboring Stanitsas, attended Divine Liturgy at Saint George Orthodox Church, which was founded in 1959 by Kuban Cossacks. After Divine Liturgy, the Cossacks enjoyed a celebratory lunch in the Cossack hall and towards the conclusion of the celebration, everyone was invited to visit the Kuban Cossack Museum.

All Cossack Stanitsa in the name of Ataman Kaledin Pokrova Celebration

All Cossack Stanktsa in the name of Ataman Kaledin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, held it's celebration of the Cossack National Holiday The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Attending the celebration were Cossack guests from the Cossack Stanitsa in Colombia, as well as the Supreme Ataman of the Cossack Congress in Amerca Iegor Brun de Saint Hippolyte. The celebration started the with a prayer to the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, and had a very friendly dinner following.