Photograph by Gerd Ludwig
The Broken Empire
The Cossacks
Moskovskoye, Russia. 1997
An onlooker tries the Cossacks’ tendon-stretching, squat-and-kick Kazachok dance at a festival in Moskovskoye, part of the Azov-Mozdok defense line manned by Cossacks into the 18th Century to guard the Caucasus.
Vyazma, Russia. 1997
Honors to Cossack troops who fell in WWII came in 1997, when newly discovered remains of some 300 soldiers were gathered for reburial at Vyazma, west of Moscow. Each coffin contains the remains of several men.
Photograph by Gerd Ludwig
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