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World Warriors - Cossack by AlexeiKazansky World Warriors - Cossack by AlexeiKazansky
Cossack - Russia

The term "Cossacks" is applied to specific militaristic communities of various ethnicities living in the southern steppe regions of Ukraine and Russia.

Although many theories exist on the formation of Cossacks, towards the end of the 14th century two Cossack hosts emerged: one on the lower Dnieper River and the other on the Don River. These were joined by numerous Ruthenian migrants who left the adjacent northern states of Moscow and Lithuania. By the start of the 16th century they swelled into large militant states known as hosts.

The Dnieper Cossacks of Ukraine formed the Zaporozhian Sich. Initially a vassal of Poland-Lithuania, the increasing social and religious pressure from the Commonwealth caused them to proclaim a Cossack Hetmanate, initiating a rebellion under Bohdan Khmelnytsky in the mid-17th century. Afterwards, the Treaty of Pereyaslavl with Russia signalled the start of the Commonwealth's decline but also brought Ukraine under Russian control for the next three hundred years.

The Don Cossack Host, allied with the Tsardom of Russia, began a systematic conquest and colonization of lands to secure her borders on the Volga, the whole of Siberia, the Yaik and the Terek Rivers.

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This is Ivan Kazansky, AKA Kazanak - another ancestor of Alexei's. There are a few other deviations of him, but they were submitted a very long time ago.
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DENKRON Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Kazaki! Kazaki! Kazaki razboyniki! 
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F1st-of-R3volution Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Nice! DO FINLAAAAAND!!!
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leebk201 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Russia+cossacks=orb effect do not stack.
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milky0candy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
He's just....too cute ~_~
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AlexeiKazansky Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Thanks. :XD:
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xujunhua Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
in films many Cossacks had a mosin 1944 on their back
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AlexeiKazansky Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
This guy is from the 1890s.
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xujunhua Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
that's right .at that time mosin1891 had not been invented.i have a chance to shoot mosin1944 two years ago ,it is accurate but hard to operate.(china made mosin 1944 is called type 53)
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tehpevis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
ah, why does he have a red star hat?
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AlexeiKazansky Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
um.... yeah no explanation for that?
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