Remembering the Lienz Massacre

On June 5th, 2016 Cossack Stanitsas in the United States and Canada held a memorial service for those who suffered from the acts of Cossack genocide in Lienz, Austria of 1945. Stanitsa Nikolskaya, held a memorial service at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, and was attended by the Cossacks of the Stanitsa, as well as the Vice Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America Alexey Bocharnikov. The Kuban Cossacks of New Jersey, gathered at the Cossack chapel in the Cemetery at Rova Farms to pray for those who suffered on this day.

Lienz Massacre and Forced Repatriation of Cossacks May 29th - June 1st

During the Russia revolution, Cossacks were one of the major ethnicity that composed the white movement to fight against the Bolsheviks. However, when the Cossacks were faced with decossackization, many were forced to leave, and those who were left behind suffered terribly from continued repression. That is why during World War II, many Cossacks saw an opportunity to free their homelands from the occupation of the Bolsheviks, and joined sides with Nazi Germany. As unfortunate their fate, at the time the Cossacks believed they were doing what was best for their homeland.

Christ Is Risen!

Dear brother Cossacks!

Stanitsa Colombia represents Cossacks at the Russian Cultural Center

Secretary of the Cossack Congress in America Catherine Boncenne, represented the Cossack Stanitsa of Colombia during a Russian associations meeting at the Russian cultural center on April 3rd. Catherine presented the history of ethnic Cossacks and commented on the historical ties between the Cossacks and the Russian Empire. "Apart from the military roll for the Russian Empire, we Cossacks are an ethnicity with traditions of our own". The Cossack Stanitsa in Colombia has volunteered to work on Cossack traditions, history, and culture.

Remembrance of the Terek Cossack Genocide March 27th

Paying respect to Fridtjof Nansen

On Sat 19th of March Secretary of the Cossack Congress in America Nathalie Vogel payed respect to Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) in Fornebu, Norway.

The Culture of Terek Cossacks

Home life for the Terek Cossacks was formed under the influence of customs of the local population which was primarily formed of Chechens, Ingush, Kabardin, and Kumyk. In rural areas, Cossacks built huts usually having the name Sakila. In the villages adjacent to Vladikavkaz, the Cossacks huts differed slightly from the people of other ethnicities. The Cossacks had two rooms, followed by a decoration room. All in All, the Cossacks make their homes in the Chechen traditions.

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.