• All Share : 52053.2661
    UP 0.54%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 46557.2587
    UP 0.55%
    Financial 15 : 17042.9116
    UP 0.36%
    Industrial 25 : 67690.4001
    UP 0.75%
    Resource 10 : 36136.1468
    UP 0.08%

  • ZAR/USD : 12.6808
    DOWN -0.18%
    ZAR/GBP : 19.7613
    UP 0.35%
    ZAR/EUR : 13.9166
    UP 0.28%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1018
    UP 0.39%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.2251
    DOWN -0.37%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1087.76
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Platinum US$/oz : 987.57
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Silver US$/oz : 14.74
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Palladium US$/oz : 620.35
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Brent Crude : 51.79
    UNCHANGED0.00%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Sat Aug 01 09:50:55 SAST 2015

Russia's Cossacks start patrolling Moscow streets

Sapa-AP | 27 November, 2012 14:16
Russian Cossacks march during a ceremonial review prior to the upcoming visit of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in Stavropol, November 17, 2012.
Image by: EDUARD KORNIYENKO / REUTERS

Renowned for their sword-fighting prowess and notorious for their anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, the Cossacks are taking on new foes: beggars, drunks, and improperly parked cars.

The Kremlin has sought to use the once-feared paramilitary squads, which spearheaded czarist Russia's expansion, in its new drive to promote conservative values and lure nationalists.

Eight Cossacks clad in traditional fur hats and uniforms patrolled a Moscow train station on Tuesday looking for signs of minor public disturbances.

The patrol, approved by the authorities, is a test-run on whether the group can become an armed and salaried auxiliary police force, like the Texas Rangers, with the power of arrest, patrol leader Igor Gurevich said.

"We're like Chuck Norris!" Gurevich said.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.