Russia’s Federal Border Service and the Siberian Cossack Host signed yesterday in Omsk an agreement on the use of Cossack auxiliaries to guard the Russia-Kazakstan border together with Russia’s border troops. The agreement applies initially to four regions and is to be extended to the entire length of the border. (Interfax, June 4) The move ignores Kazakstan’s repeated protests in recent months against the "experimental" deployment of Cossack auxiliaries on the Russian side of the border. Almaty evidenced concern that the move could stir up smoldering irredentist activities by Cossack groups among Russian settlers in northern Kazakstan.
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