Rules at the Cossack academy

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Interesting. I found this here.

One of the most important goals of the current Cossack movement is the revival of traditional Cossack culture. And the best means to this goal is through giving children an education in traditional Cossack culture. To this end, enthusiasts are creating Sunday schools, Cossack Lyceums and Cossack military schools.

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The whole atmosphere is designed to be as close as possible to that of the Cossack camps of pre-soviet Russia (which means Cossack discipline, retreat, reveille, life by camp regulations and daily schedule). The instructors do everything they can to help teenagers feel that they are real Cossacks.
Location: stanitsa (large Cossack village) Golubinskaya, on the banks of the river Don (famous Cossack ataman Nekrasov was originally from there).
And here are some paragraphs from the “Cadet Code”:

  • If you are being taught – learn. There is no unnecessary (superfluous) knowledge, everything will be of use for the Motherland’s benefit.
  • Don’t whimper! If it’s hard for you, it’s hard for everybody. Be merry, when it’s tough.
  • Do not fuss. In order to do something fast, one has to do it calmly.
  • Know the regulations. In them is experience, the sweat and blood of your grandfathers.
  • Be polite with older people, whoever they are. If you feel you are right – argue your point calmly. Do not quarrel or wrangle with anybody – it debases you.
  • The life of your friend is always more valuable than your own. You can die yourself, but rescue your friend.

Image source: English Russia, In the Russian Cadet School. Author/photographer unknown.

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