Cossacks guarding World Cup have links to Kremlin’s foreign wars

When the World Cup kicks off in Russia Thursday, hundreds of Cossacks will be patrolling the streets, fan zones and team bases. A Reuters investigation finds that at least 19 members of the Cossack organizations that will be on patrol during the World Cup fought in Eastern Ukraine or Syria. In Eastern Ukraine, the Cossacks fought alongside Russian-backed separatists, while in Syria, they fought as part of Kremlin-backed private military contractors supporting the Assad regime.

 

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