Siberian Cossacks

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Siberian Cossacks were Cossacks who settled in the Siberian region of Russia from the end of the 16th century, following the Yermak Timofeyevich's conquest of Siberia. In early Siberia practically the whole Russian population, especially the serving-men were called Cossacks, but only in the loose sense of being neither land-owners nor peasants. Most of these people came from northwest Russia and had little connection to the Don Cossacks or Zaporozhian Cossacks.

Siberian cossacks participated in military conflicts on behalf of the Tsars.[1]

During World War II, most Siberian Cossacks fought for the Soviets. But some Siberian Cossacks joined the German 1st Cossack Division. They made up the 2nd Regiment of the 1st Brigade. In 1945 most of them were transferred by the Allies to the Soviets.

Currently a regiment of the Russian Ground Forces at Borzya in the Eastern Military District has the title "Cossack".


The distinguishing colour of the Siberian Cossack Host was red; worn on the cap bands, epaulettes and wide trouser stripes of a green uniform of the loose-fitting cut common to the Steppe Cossacks. High fleece hats were worn on occasion with red cloth tops.

St. Nicholas Cossack Cathedral, the main church of the Siberian Cossack Host


  1. ^ "Siberian Cossacks still excel with spears and sabers". Russia Today. TV-Novosti. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013.