Kuban Cossacks receive awards for ‘protecting the Crimean referendum’

Nine Cossacks of the Kuban Cossack Army received awards personally from Sergey Aksyonov, the de facto head of Crimea, on the 25th anniversary of the rehabilitation of the Cossacks. During a parade in Krasnodar, honorary watches were presented to them for the protection of the "referendum" in the annexed Crimea, TASS reports.

Aksyonov presented the honors "for the conscientious execution of the official duties and active participation in ensuring of law and order during the preparation and carrying out of the ‘all-Crimean referendum’ on March 16, 2014.”

The Cossack parade is held annually in honor of the adoption of the law of the Russian Federation "On the Rehabilitation of Repressed Peoples and the Cossacks" in 1991. This year the event will be attended by more than 10,000 Cossacks; mostly cadets and students of Cossack school.

  Ukraine, Russia, Crimea, Cossacks