Moscow - A team of Cossack vigilantes has been set up in Moscow to help police provide public order and is to go on duty for the first time at the Kuzminki Park on December 6, a spokesperson for the Moscow Department for inter-regional cooperation, national policy and relations with religious organizations.
"The Cossack vigilantes will be on Moscow streets along with police officers. They will conduct joint patrol in order to provide public order in wooded park areas, summer and winter recreation zones, and in areas around Orthodox churches and monasteries," the spokesperson said.
Cossack patrol teams will also provide public order during major entertainment shows and religious events. The specialized Cossack team will be operating in accordance with the Russian laws, the spokesperson said.
The Central Cossack Army's Military Cossack Society has recommended that the Cossack team recruit Russian citizens aged 18 and above, residing in Moscow and the Moscow region, who have volunteered to take part in vigilante activities, and whose integrity, health and physical fitness make them capable of performing the duties of a vigilante, the spokesperson said.